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    Hong Sung-dam (b. 1955, Sinan) graduated from the Department of Painting, Chosun University, and participated in the organization of the ‘Gwangju Free Artists Association’ in 1979. He took part in the May 18 Democratization movement against Chun Doo-hwan’s military dictatorship and became politically active. He established a ‘People’s Art School’ in 1983. He is a renowned member of the minjung art movement and his woodcut prints have become synonymous with the May 18. In July 1989, he was arrested for allegedly breaking the National Security Act, when he sent slides of artworks by South Korean artists to North Korea. Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience and he was released from prison in the early 1990s. His solo exhibitions include Illusions of Yasukuni Shrine 2 (Art Space C, Jeju, Korea, 2008) and Resistance and Meditation – Hong Sung-dam (Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S., 2003). His works have also been shown in group exhibitions such as Verbotene Bilder – Kontrolle und Zensur in den Demokratien Ostasiens (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany, 2015).