I would like to invite all of you, dear citizens of Seoul to 2017 Seoul Photo Festival.
Like all the citizens of other countries in the world, the people of the Republic of Korea form relationship with
other countries from within a country, which is a political, economic, historical and cultural community, and the
lives of the people have been directly influenced by the values and roles of the times the country pursues. In
particular, as the Republic of Korea experienced countless numbers of national events and sociopolitical changes
from before the establishment of the state to date, the majority of the people are posing questions to the
Republic of Korea regarding the role, responsibility and vision it should have as a state. They have come to
contemplate on the lives of citizens and a community in which different values are at conflict, and how a
desirable state that cares for its citizens should look like.
The theme of 2017 Seoul Photo Festival is social conflict of the Republic of Korea in the 21st century in the
historical context and the ensuing structural problems, a country viewed through the ordeals of the lives of
individuals who have the rights and obligations as members of the state and at the same time should be
protected by the state, and the process of dissolution and reinvention of the sense of community which is
becoming diversified and decentralized in line with social changes. In order to reflect on the inevitability of
coexistence of values individuals and communities which constitute a state have as well as exploration of the
meaning of state that is changing in our society with the aforementioned theme, the festival will be held at Buk
Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Storage, Platform Changdong 61, Art Nine Cinema and HaechiMadang in
Gwanghwamun Square under the title from October
31 to November 26. In addition, 2017 Seoul Photo Festival prepared various citizens programs such as Main
Exhibition, Special Exhibition 1 and 2, Citizens' Photo Exhibition, Film Festival, Symposium, Citizens'
Forum and Photography Workshopwith the aim of creating at festival in which more citizens can take part in and
relate to by moving away from the exhibition-centered projects of the past.
Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone for being with us in the organization of this year's Seoul Photo
Festival and ask dear citizens for your interest and support.
Art Director of Seoul Photo Festival Lee Ilwoo