ArtOxygen was a participant of the Haein Art Project, which took place in South Korea from 27th September till 10th November 2013.
Initiated by a group of Buddhist monks from the Haeinsa Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site and repository of the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts worldwide, the Haein Art Project strives to investigate the possible connections between contemporary art and Buddhism.
For the 2013 edition of Haein Art Project, more than 30 contemporary artists from across the world explored the theme of MAUM, which in Korean refers to exploring the idea of the heart and mind. The participating artists produced site-specific projects as they interpreted the theme and its various declinations that allude to healing, communication, energies, relations and interactions between people.
ArtOxygen curated the works of 5 Indian artists – Sheba Chhachhi, Vibha Galhotra, Shilpa Gupta, Reena Kallat, Hema Upadhyay – and 4 international artists – Mee Ping Leung (Hongkong), Fernando Garcia-Dory (Spain), Pietro Pirelli (Italy) and Indira Freitas Johnson (USA). The participating artists produced sculptures, installations, site-specific works and community based projects within the ancient structures of the monastery.