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The Daejeon Artists Collective (DJAC)

Alla0909 2017.10.06 12:20

Today, I’m interviewing Rosalie Knaack, who is the acting president of the Daejeon Artists Collective (DJAC). Rosalie and her group of foreign and Korean artists from around Daejeon have been around for quite some time. Rosalie and I have exhibited in the first show back in 2011 and who could have thought that 6 years later, DJAC would still be growing, creating and inspiring...

The beginnings

Alla Ponomareva: What was the original motivation behind the initiation of the group, if you know, if not, what was your purpose for joining DJAC?

Rosalie Knaack: In the beginning we felt that foreigners living in Korea needed an artistic outlet as they didn't have such opportunities in their professional lives. Since then we have expanded to include all artists, not just foreigners.

AP: What is your most memorable moment from all the exhibitions of the past?

RK: There isn't a specific moment, but I always feel a sense of pride when we have put together a really wonderful show. My favorite moment is seeing all of the artists and our guests at the opening reception enjoying the art and discussing the stories behind the art pieces.

DJAC today

AP: Why do you think other artists join this organization?

RK: I think that DJAC provides artists a unique opportunity to exhibit their art. We can work together to prepare the show and offer each other support.

AP: What do you guys do to showcase your work?

RK: The DJAC provides exhibition opportunities to its members by organizing two exhibitions each year, in spring and fall. Not all members participate in each show. Rather, whoever desires to participate in an upcoming show helps organize and prepare for it.

AP: Why only two shows a year?

RK: It takes a lot of work in the weeks before a show to prepare for the exhibition. Having more frequent shows would be difficult to organize. Occasionally our members do put on extra exhibitions, but they are organized by individuals or a group of members rather than the entire group.

AP: Do you think they serve as motivation for artists to keep producing work?

RK:The exhibitions certainly motivate our members to create. Like any art, having a goal in mind, whether a performance, exhibition, or other event, drives artists to work towards that goal.

AP: What other benefits do you see/ detriments of the group?

RK: With so many artists from a variety of countries coming together, we have the opportunity to share our unique perspectives on art in general and specifically on each other's work. We can exchange ideas and share our artistic influences.

The downside of having such a varied group of members is the occasional misunderstanding. Each member has their own ideas about art and about the purpose of DJAC. We work together to have a unified purpose and support each other in our artistic endeavors.

Community involvement

AP: Is the public able to participate or purchase in these exhibitions?

RK: Yes! The highlight of the exhibition is when people from the community come to enjoy our show, but people are invited to come any time during the exhibition. If you wish to purchase a work of art, you can contact the artist it inquire if a piece is for sale.

AP: What type of audience do you normally see at your shows?

RK: Usually the people who attend the shows are residents of Daejeon, both Korean and expatriate. Many are friends of the artists, while others heard about the show and would like to see what we are all about.

AP: Other than exhibitions are there other ways Daejeon locals can see/purchase/learn from DJAC artists?

RK: The best way to learn more about DJAC is to go to our website: There you can find information about our group, profiles on individual artists, and contact information. If you are an artist you can also apply to join the DJAC on our website.

New memberships

AP: Can artists who do not speak English join DJAC?

RK: Any artist who lives in Daejeon is welcome to join the DJAC. Members do not need to speak English to join. Although much of the business is conducted in English, we have bilingual members who help make sure all of the members of DJAC are involved and informed.

AP: Are you looking to diversify the work that is exhibited, what if you had mostly potters or mostly photographers in the group?

RK: As many of our members are in Korea for only a few years, the artists and the kind of work that they exhibit is always changing. Although having a majority of artists exhibiting the same kind of art is not our preference, we wouldn't make a decision on whether to accept an applicant based on the work already being exhibited by current members.

AP: Do you have any standards or requirements that members have to adhere by? Do you accept everyone?

RK: We are the Daejeon Arts Collective, so members should be residents of Daejeon. An applicant should submit a portfolio of their work, and active members of the collective will vote on accepting or rejecting an application. We do not accept every artist that applies, but we likely will accept an applicant who submits a well presented portfolio of quality work.

AP: What can someone do who doesn’t get accepted?

RK: An artist can ask for feedback about why they were not accepted. This can help them in reapplying at a future date or help them improve their portfolio for future applications to other organizations.

AP: What are the benefits of being a DJAC member?

RK: The main benefit of being a DJAC member is the opportunity to exhibit work twice a year and sharing the burden of organizing, paying for, and advertising the show with other members. In addition, members can ask for feedback on their work, and occasionally organize creative events with other members or the community.

AP: Are there dues?

RK: Membership dues are paid annually in January. New members pay dues when they join.

AP: How can new members join?

RK: New members can be submitted on our website by clicking on the JOIN tab on the top of the page. Applicants should fill out the questionnaire on the page, and they should submit images of their work as individual files or as a portfolio link.

AP: Is there a limit to the amount of members that can join or to exhibit?

RK: We do not have a limit to the number of members who can join the DJAC, nor do we limit the number of artists who can participate in an exhibition. Generally, 10-15 members exhibit in each exhibition, but that is not a hard and fast rule. Whoever desires to exhibit may do so.

Upcoming Exhibition

AP: Tell us more about the upcoming exhibit.

RK: The exhibition is open the afternoon of Thursday, October 12 and runs until the morning of Tuesday, October 17. We will have an opening reception on Saturday October 14, 2-6pm where all of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance.

AP: What type of work will we see?

RK: There will be a variety of art exhibit at the show, including photography, digital art, installation,printmaking, ceramics, and furniture.

AP: Will there be a live performance?

RK: At the opening party on October 14, attendees will be able to see a live performance written by one of our members.

AP: What is the theme? Meaning?

RK: The exhibition is called Twelfth Night, as it is our 12th group exhibition. You can visit our Facebook page for more information about the show.

Thank you to Rosalie Knaack for your time for this interview as well as your constant dedication to growing the artist community in Daejeon. With the transient nature of foreigners living abroad, it takes a strong backbone to keep a group alive and well for such a long time. We wish DJAC ongoing success and growth in their upcoming endeavors.

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