Pansori is a form of musical storytelling proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Your support will go directly to my accommodation and tuition fees for three months study with Bae Il Dong, who has been teaching and practicing Pansori for over 30 years.
For many Koreans, Pansori is the vocalisation of ‘han’ – an inherent characteristic of Korean culture; a sorrow caused by heavy suffering, injustice or persecution, a dull lingering ache in the soul. While suffering is not a uniquely Korean experience, ‘han’ is an expression that has no direct translation.
I want to continue studying Pansori because I know it ignites the human spirit. It not only teaches me how to go to the root of my ‘han’ and sing, but it unifies and heals those listening.
Australia is a beautiful country, yet suicide is the number one killer of youth, and I feel it is really important that we offer expression for the deep hurt that is felt by so many people so that those feelings can be recognised, acknowledged and accepted for healing.
My desire to heal comes from a very personal place- When I was a child, I was abused. I have tried to commit suicide twice, and I became mentally unwell for many years; turning to drugs and alcohol. I feel thankful I found a way to express myself.
I use my art to stand up against the oppressing forces of today by expressing an alignment with nature. We do not need to be afraid of exposing our vulnerability, and I’ve been inspired to make music that raises awareness and gives voice to those who feel voiceless.
Once my training is completed, I will continue facilitating art projects with communities and advocating mental health through experiential education and arts therapy. I feel privileged to be connecting two cultures and want to continue playing an active role in preserving wisdoms and connecting people throughout my life.
I appreciate any support given and look forward to connecting. If any one wants any questions answered in regards to the campaign, Pansori study, or my artistic practice feel free to get in touch by emailing.
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