Overview of Incheon Women Artists' Biennale

In the age of globalization and at the dawn of the 21st century, the Metropolitan City of Incheon is rising as a political, economic, and cultural hub of East Asia. It is growing into a city of art that embraces the idea of a "Cultural Renaissance,” developing a number of venues for cultural exchanges and rapidly becoming the locus of producing and presenting global arts and culture. The home of the largest international airport and a cosmopolitan harbor in South Korea, Incheon is the gate city to East Asia that people recognize as transcending its past provincial locality. The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, an international event of art and culture not only emulates the city’s global characteristics, but also offers an opportunity to promote Korea's culture.

The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale originated from a local project that was organized by a group of women artists, the Incheon Women Artist’s Association. The first Women Artists’ Biennale in 2004 exclusively focused on women artists from Incheon. In 2006, the Metropolitan City of Incheon and the Biennale Organizing Committee jointly organized the Pre-International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in order to develop the local project into an international event. The International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale was held soon after in 2007, and it was recognized as the world's first and only international biennale devoted to women in the arts. The fourth iteration was held in August 2009 and continued to attract public attention and was a distinctive art biennial differentiating itself from all others. The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale reflects interests of woman artists from around the world and their contributions to the development of contemporary arts.

The structure of Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale is composed of four parts; the Main Exhibition that exclusively invites women artists; the Tuning Exhibition featuring diverse works of both male and female artists; and the Participation Exhibition that offers women artists one-person shows. In addition, the educational program includes international symposia, conferences, and forums to provide a venue for a wider discussion on women's art.