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The first international exhibition for Song Byeok, a former North Korean propagandist who now paints freely in South Korea.
The first international exhibition for Song Byeok, a former North Korean propagandist who now paints freely in South Korea.
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World renowned Korean contemporary artist and satirist Song Byeok will exhibit twenty acrylic paintings, including six pieces not yet seen by the public, at The Goat Farm, an acclaimed visual and performing arts center near downtown Atlanta, February 17 - 26. Distinguished professors at Emory University, Georgia State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology have also invited Song to lecture about his life and art as part of a two-week tour of Georgia’s cultural and academic hubs.

A former North Korean propaganda artist, Song escaped to South Korea in 2002 after enduring imprisonment, torture, and the loss of family members to famine. Major international media outlets –– including Newsweek Japan, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Wall Street Journal -- have chronicled Song’s journey to artistic freedom.

Your Kickstarter pledge will help cover the costs born from Song's first exhibition abroad, including: 1) transportation of the artist, 2) shipping and insurance of the artwork, and 3) event insurance. All funds raised via Kickstarter will go towards Song's Atlanta exhibition, with all remaining funds earmarked for the artist's April 10 exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Contributions are tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

For news and information about Song Byeok, please visit our website.

For more information about our organization, SB-ATL Group 501(c)(3), please read this letter.

We are grateful to our backers for their encouragement and support.

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    Thank you! Every contribution counts and your name will be included in Song's ATL Expo catalog. A portion of your contribution ($5) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    8 high-quality, color postcards in a protective sleeve. Images include: 1) "Take Off Your Clothes!"; 2) "Mount Baekdu"; 3) "Flower Children"; 4) "Beloved Leader"; 5) "General and Tribespeople"; 6) "Going Home"; 7) "Desperate Wish"; and 8) "Eagle Sightseeing." Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($10) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    Song Byeok Expo T-shirt (X-SMALL, cotton). Shipping cost included. A portion of your contribution ($10) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA). To view, click the "Updates" tab or follow this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foreverfreedom/song-byeok-atl-expo-propaganda-meets-pop-art/posts/169809.

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    Song Byeok Expo T-shirt (SMALL, cotton). Shipping cost included. A portion of your contribution ($10) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA). To view, click the "Updates" tab or follow this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foreverfreedom/song-byeok-atl-expo-propaganda-meets-pop-art/posts/169809.

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    Song Byeok Expo T-shirt (MEDIUM, cotton). A portion of your contribution ($10) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA). To view, click the "Updates" tab or follow this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foreverfreedom/song-byeok-atl-expo-propaganda-meets-pop-art/posts/169809.

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    Song Byeok Expo T-shirt (LARGE, cotton). A portion of your contribution ($10) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA). To view, click the "Updates" tab or follow this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foreverfreedom/song-byeok-atl-expo-propaganda-meets-pop-art/posts/169809.

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    "Flower Children" print: (1' 10" x 2' 8"), w/ official seal. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution is ($17.50) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Take Off Your Clothes!" print: (2' 8" x 1' 10"), w/ official seal. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($27.50) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    BUNDLE: Print of "Flower Children" (1' 10" x 2' 8") + print of "Take Off Your Clothes!" (2' 8" x 1' 10") + 8 high-quality postcards in a protective sleeve. Original price $75. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($40) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Take Off Your Clothes!" print: (Approx: 2' 8" x 1'10"), w/ official seal, signed by the artist and personalized note to the backer. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($137.50) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Bamboo" ink scroll on Hanji (Korean paper), inlaid on cloth, and rolled onto wood. Original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Required 4 hours to complete. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($280) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Sparrow" ink scroll on Hanji (Korean paper), inlaid on cloth, and rolled onto wood. Original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Required 5 hours to complete. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($330) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Magpie" ink scroll on Hanji (Korean paper), inlaid on cloth, and rolled onto wood. Original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Required 6 hours to complete. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($380) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal-sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Pine Tree" ink scroll on Hanji (Korean paper), inlaid on cloth, and rolled onto wood. Original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Required 6 hours to complete. Shipping cost included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($480) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal-sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Hawk" ink scroll on Hanji (Korean paper), inlaid on cloth, and rolled onto wood. Original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Required 6 hours to complete. Shipping cost also included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($480) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal-sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Child Warrior" acrylic painting on Hanji (Korean paper): (1' 1" x 10", 2009), 5 pieces available of a 21 piece installation to be exhibited at The Goat Farm. Original, signed, and numbered by the artist; personalized note to the back included. Shipping cost also included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($970) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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    "Chosun at Twilight" acrylic painting on Hanji (Korean paper): (1' 4" x 4' 6", 2010), original and signed by the artist; personalized note to the backer included. Shipping cost also included. To view this item, please visit: http://www.songbyeok.com/gifts.html. A portion of your contribution ($2470) is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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