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South Korean Photographer, Atta Kim, and PNCA Visit Caldera

Posted on: September 26th, 2014

Atta Kim, world-renowned South Korean photographer, is visiting Caldera September 24 – 28th along with the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research group from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). While teaching workshops for the students, Kim will also be installing two blank white canvases on Caldera land which will remain there for two years, “taking dictation”, as the artist describes it, from the weather and environment.

Caldera is just one of 80 sites around the world where Kim is doing this innovative, art and environment work. A full description and beautiful photographs/film footage of the project (the film has a beautiful soundtrack) can be found here

About Atta Kim
The work of photographer Atta Kim is marked by its novel rendering of time and its conceptual sophistication and richness.  Interested in the relation of appearance and disappearance, the artist often draws on Buddhist concepts and iconography.  The first photographer to represent South Korea in the São Paulo Biennial, he has exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, FotoFest, and the Venice Biennale, among others.  Recent work includes the ON-AIR Project, the Museum Project, and the Drawing of Nature Series.  He is the CT+CR Fall 2014 Visiting Artist and Scholar. See more about Atta Kim in this YouTube video and on his website: www.attakim.com

Pictured below at Caldera (left to right): Ira Kim, Manager, and Atta Kim.

Atta Kim and Manager Ira Kim


Caldera Receives Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Initiative Grant

Posted on: September 16th, 2014
Caldera is excited to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant through the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative! This new initiative is designed to support arts organization to take risks they might not otherwise be able to take. For Caldera, that means focusing our first major Artists in Residence Project on the communities we serve through our Youth Program. We began by imagining how the AiR Program could focus on social issues surrounding underserved populations. In developing the project, we learned that it can not only integrate our two programs, but can also serve as the impetus to bring together all members of our community (e.g., artists, staff, youth mentors, board, donors, families & teachers of our youth, community members & neighborhood leaders). 
We’re excited about the community engagement aspects of the project, and are eager to work with and learn from the project’s curators,  Fallen Fruit.  The 9-month project consists of a series of art-based community collaborations led by Caldera and Fallen Fruit, which will use the apple – its meaning, vitality, and history – to examine issues of equity, cultural heritage, food systems, generational knowledge, and the environment throughout Portland.   
There’s already been great press about the grant in the Oregonian and Portland Monthly, and we’re looking forward to continuing our public outreach for the project.  
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