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[38 award-winning photographs displayed in Chungju Sports Complex]
ICM has successfully concluded both preliminary and main exhibitions of International Martial Arts Photo Contest award winning works. During the main exhibition, the photos were displayed from 30 August to 5 September, in the lobby on the ground floor of Chungju Sports Complex, where Taekwondo and Judo games took place during the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships.
The exhibition presented 38 photographs which had been short-listed during the International Martial Arts Photo Contest hosted by ICM in 2018, for the purpose of sharing examples of youth development and social participation through martial arts, and showcasing visual materials related to the UNESCO Kazan Action Plan.
Among 38 photos, 20 were first displayed at the ‘World Traditional Martial Arts Demonstration and Martial Arts Photography Exhibition,’ which was hosted by lawmaker, LEE Jongbae, and organised by Chungcheongbuk-do Province and ICM, at the National Assembly Members’ Office Building, attracting a lot of attention from visitors.
The main exhibition welcomed more than 1,000 visitors, including primary, middle, high, and university students as well as referees and athletes from all over the world.
[Seeing Martial Arts from a Different Perspective]
The exhibition was organised as part of efforts to change the conventional perception of considering martial arts as simple physical movements for grappling and competitions. The exhibition aimed to present the value of martial arts from new artistic, cultural, and educational perspectives.
On a survey about the exhibition, visitors responded they enjoyed having the chance to look at different types of martial arts from all over the world and listening to explanations about those on the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. However, some pointed out that there were not enough brochures or explanatory materials about the photos on display.
Below are interviews from visitors on the first day of the main exhibition.
"I didn’t want to miss the exhibition because I feel like I am representing my country. This is why I came all the way from Philippines to Korea just to be present at the scene of the exhibition. Martial arts carry the history and culture of a certain country. I believe martial arts are like a beautiful language spoken by movements of the body. I participated in the contest because I wanted to share the beauty of Arnis to more people, both in and out of Philippines."