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'Art With Purpose' Exhibition Opens At Fort Lee Library

Fort Lee Public Library is one of nine libraries to host a memorial exhibit for a 2014 South Korean ferry disaster.
Fort Lee Public Library is one of nine libraries to host a memorial exhibit for a 2014 South Korean ferry disaster. Photo Credit: Fort Lee Public Library

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Fort Lee Library has been chosen as one of the nine libraries across the county to show the "Art with Purpose" exhibition "Don't Forget the SEWOL Ferry Tragedy." An opening reception is on Thursday, June 16.

It will be on display throughout May and June, in the lobby showcase.

The exhibition is in remembrance of those lost on April 16, 2014. Three hundred and four people -- mostly high school students -- died in the SEWOL ferry tragedy, in South Korea. Nine people are still missing, and the ferry has not been recovered.

The purpose of this exhibition is to remember the victims through the eyes of their family members. This special exhibition includes prints of the artwork by victims, family members of victims and artwork of ShinYoung An. The curators are Hojin Jung and Daejong Kim, who are members of SESAMO, People in Solidarity with the Families of SEWOL Ferry Victims.

"The sinking of the SEWOL ferry revealed the problematic social structure and conventions in South Korea, recognizing that the agony of the bereaved is not merely about the lives lost," a news release noted. "The families confess that the disaster of April 2014 challenged their once unswerving trust in the role of the nation to protect its people.

"Two years ago, they cried out for laws to exist for human dignity and survival. The world must not forget, instead learn lessons from the sunken SEWOL and correct what went wrong for future generations, remembering the dreams of the lost children."

The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m., in the Lower Level Meeting Room. The library is located at 320 Main St., Fort Lee.

Here are the exhibition's subsequent destinations:

  • Cresskill, July 1-31
  • Demarest, August 1-30
  • Palisades Park, Sept. 1-30
  • Cliffside Park, Oct. 1-31
  • Norwood, Nov. 1-31
  • Old Tappan, Dec. 1-31
  • Ridgewood, Jan. 1-31
  • Paramus, Feb. 1- 28

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