Heng-Gil Han, the former Visual Arts Director and Curator for Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, is the Project Director of Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows, an ambitious, large-scale, perennial exhibition of site-specific projects investigating the potential of art to transform the built environment by revealing the economic, social, and institutional forces acting on it and prompting new ways of interacting with the space and the public.
1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?
Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2016, directed by the exhibition maker, Heng-Gil Han, and organized by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, is scheduled from April 16 through June 4, 2016. It features new work of 19 New York based artists' research-driven site-specific art along with 19 new texts by professional art writers about the new work. Installed in everyday realms along Jamaica Avenue, this large exhibition reconnects JCAL with the community Jamaica, Queens. The project provides the artists with resources to produce their experimental art in public realms, actively engaging with community members to combat the negative public perceptions of Southeast Queens through art, discussion, and meaningful community involvement.
2. How do you think this project will impact the community?
Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows increases the public’s access to contemporary art and makes it an important and integral part of daily life in our neighborhood. The project is a source of great pride not only to the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning but also to the community of Jamaica and the Borough of Queens at large.
3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?
The info session of the application process was very helpful to familiarize the parameters of the grant. The application also helped to clearly articulate the project and provided a time for self-examination and self-reflection.
4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about your organization?
Heng-Gil Han, the project founder of Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows, is a passionate exhibition-maker based in New York. He currently teaches a graduate course at Queens College, CUNY, and directs Korea Art Forum, an artist-centered and independent not-for-profit entity that he established in 2013 to bridge the world through the arts. From 2002 to 2012, Han served as the Visual Arts Director and Curator for the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) in Queens, NY. Han also served as a curator for the 2008 Busan Sculpture Project, Busan Biennale, South Korea, and is responsible for The 21st Century, The Feminine Century, The Century of Diversity and Hope, an international exhibition featured at the International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (IWAB) in Incheon, South Korea, in 2009. Working with the 2011 IWAB’s Artistic Director, the late Jane Farver, who was the former head of the List Visual Art Center at MIT and the Chief Curator at the Queens Museum, Han successfully led the curatorial team of In the Wake of 2013, as the special exhibition of the biennial. In 2009, he published Network and Fluid, a collection of his critical essays, in Korea. Han regularly writes critical essays on contemporary art. His writings have appeared in Art & Discourse, Busan Biennial Academic Program Publications, Art in Culture, Misul Segye, and others.