London, UK (May 2015): Every month since the Sewol disaster, South Koreans in London have been staging a protest at Trafalgar Square, in the very heart of the city.
London, UK (May 2015): Every month since the Sewol disaster, South Koreans in London have been staging a protest at Trafalgar Square, in the very heart of the city.
London, UK (June 2015). The "Stay Put" protest is silent: for two hours participants stand quietly with placards. Fliers and yellow ribbons are also sometimes handed out.
London, UK (June 2015). The "Stay Put" protest is silent: for two hours participants stand quietly with placards. Fliers and yellow ribbons are also sometimes handed out.
London, UK (June 2015): While "304" is a powerful number, the photos of each victim of the disaster put a face to the individual persons and also drive home how young most of those that died were.
London, UK (June 2015): While "304" is a powerful number, the photos of each victim of the disaster put a face to the individual persons and also drive home how young most of those that died were.
London, UK (June 2015).
London, UK (June 2015).
Berlin, Germany (July 2015): There are other Sewol support group around the world, including in Berlin, Germany. There, during the July 2015 protest, artist Yang Hyeri directs a participant for her "17 Seconds" photo project. (For more information, in German and Korean, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/605404786231007/).
Berlin, Germany (July 2015): There are other Sewol support group around the world, including in Berlin, Germany. There, during the July 2015 protest, artist Yang Hyeri directs a participant for her "17 Seconds" photo project. (For more information, in German and Korean, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/605404786231007/).
Berlin, Germany (July 2015): As it begins to rain more heavily, the Berlin group packs up.
Berlin, Germany (July 2015): As it begins to rain more heavily, the Berlin group packs up.
London, UK (August 2015).
London, UK (August 2015).
London, UK (August 2015): The protest placards are often made from recycled material, including from other events.
London, UK (August 2015): The protest placards are often made from recycled material, including from other events.
London, UK (August 2015).
London, UK (August 2015).
London, UK (August 2015): Finishing touches are put to one of the placards used.
London, UK (August 2015): Finishing touches are put to one of the placards used.
London, UK (October 2015): A helicopter circles overhead Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (October 2015): A helicopter circles overhead Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (October 2015): Trafalgar Square is a public space shared by a diverse range of people, including tourists, street artists and performers and protesters for all kinds of causes. As always, the Sewol protesters set up at the North side of the square, in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Behind them, a group of drunkards sleeps on the lawn, while, in front, tourists and Londoners walk by. Even further in front, a street artist works on a chalk drawing.
London, UK (October 2015): Trafalgar Square is a public space shared by a diverse range of people, including tourists, street artists and performers and protesters for all kinds of causes. As always, the Sewol protesters set up at the North side of the square, in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Behind them, a group of drunkards sleeps on the lawn, while, in front, tourists and Londoners walk by. Even further in front, a street artist works on a chalk drawing.
London, UK (December 2015): After drawing a Sewol message on the ground, A.'s hands are covered in pastel chalk.
London, UK (December 2015): After drawing a Sewol message on the ground, A.'s hands are covered in pastel chalk.
London, UK (December 2015): A Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (December 2015): A Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (April 2016). Many people attend the protest for the 2nd anniversary of the disaster.
London, UK (April 2016). Many people attend the protest for the 2nd anniversary of the disaster.
London, UK (April 2016). Artist Magenta Kang shows a detail of her Sewol art installation.
London, UK (April 2016). Artist Magenta Kang shows a detail of her Sewol art installation.
London, UK (April 2016). The 2nd anniversary protest also coincides with an anti-austerity demonstration.
London, UK (April 2016). The 2nd anniversary protest also coincides with an anti-austerity demonstration.
London, UK (April 2016): After the anniversary protest, the Remembering Sewol UK group has organised a screening of 나쁜 나라  (Cruel State, 2015, dir. by Kim Jin-yeul) at one of the event rooms at Raindance.
London, UK (April 2016): After the anniversary protest, the Remembering Sewol UK group has organised a screening of 나쁜 나라 (Cruel State, 2015, dir. by Kim Jin-yeul) at one of the event rooms at Raindance.
London, UK (May 2016): Post-protest, the group gathers in a café near Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (May 2016): Post-protest, the group gathers in a café near Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (June 2016): Detail of a hand-sewn Sewol banner donated by Susan Lee, a supporter in Australia.
London, UK (June 2016): Detail of a hand-sewn Sewol banner donated by Susan Lee, a supporter in Australia.
London, UK (June 2016): Trafalgar Square, as always, is a space shared with many, whether tourists...
London, UK (June 2016): Trafalgar Square, as always, is a space shared with many, whether tourists...
London, UK (June 2016): ... lovers, or others.
London, UK (June 2016): ... lovers, or others.
London, UK (August 2016): The view from behind a banner.
London, UK (August 2016): The view from behind a banner.
London, UK (October 2016).
London, UK (October 2016).
London, UK (September 2016): Sewol protesters and passersby mingle at Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (September 2016): Sewol protesters and passersby mingle at Trafalgar Square.
London, UK (October 2016): After the October event, A. starts working on a sign for another cause – CAAB – for later that evening.
London, UK (October 2016): After the October event, A. starts working on a sign for another cause – CAAB – for later that evening.
London, UK (November 2016): The November Sewol protest doubles up as a demonstration against the South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who has been involved in an unprecedented scandal, dubbed "Choi Soon-sil gate", that has seen hundreds of thousands of Koreans rallying in Seoul, Busan and other cities. For more information on the scandal see the Guardian briefing and Korea Exposé's ongoing coverage. The numbers at the London event are much smaller, but protesters have come all the way from Birmingham and York to raise their voice against Park Geun-hye.
London, UK (November 2016): The November Sewol protest doubles up as a demonstration against the South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who has been involved in an unprecedented scandal, dubbed "Choi Soon-sil gate", that has seen hundreds of thousands of Koreans rallying in Seoul, Busan and other cities. For more information on the scandal see the Guardian briefing and Korea Exposé's ongoing coverage. The numbers at the London event are much smaller, but protesters have come all the way from Birmingham and York to raise their voice against Park Geun-hye.
London, UK (November 2016): Another anti-Park Geun-hye poster depicts the South Korean president as a puppet in the hands of her confidante Choi Soon-sil.
London, UK (November 2016): Another anti-Park Geun-hye poster depicts the South Korean president as a puppet in the hands of her confidante Choi Soon-sil.
London, UK (November 2016): The protesters perform a song, calling on Park Geun-hye to resign.
London, UK (November 2016): The protesters perform a song, calling on Park Geun-hye to resign.
London, UK (November 2016): The children attending the event draw and write messages on the ground.
London, UK (November 2016): The children attending the event draw and write messages on the ground.
London, UK (January 2017): On January 9th, 2017 one thousand days have passed since the MV Sewol sank. The London group marks the anniversary by screening the documentary Sewol, which is sparsely attended, in part due to a Tube strike that takes place that day.
London, UK (January 2017): On January 9th, 2017 one thousand days have passed since the MV Sewol sank. The London group marks the anniversary by screening the documentary Sewol, which is sparsely attended, in part due to a Tube strike that takes place that day.
London, UK (January 2017): On the opening night of the annual exhibition of the Korean Artist Association UK at the Korean Cultural Centre (KCCUK) Magenta Kang (강 경신) adjusts her installation piece. This year’s exhibition theme “i, kid・우리 어릴적” revolves around childhood and experiences of the past. Kang's specific work, “Memory of Rainbow”, draws on her childhood memories of growing up in a small fishing village by the seaside and chasing rainbows along the beach. It is also dedicated to the victims of the Sewol Ferry Disaster, as the names of the nine passengers that remain missing are incorporated into the artwork.
London, UK (January 2017): On the opening night of the annual exhibition of the Korean Artist Association UK at the Korean Cultural Centre (KCCUK) Magenta Kang (강 경신) adjusts her installation piece. This year’s exhibition theme “i, kid・우리 어릴적” revolves around childhood and experiences of the past. Kang's specific work, “Memory of Rainbow”, draws on her childhood memories of growing up in a small fishing village by the seaside and chasing rainbows along the beach. It is also dedicated to the victims of the Sewol Ferry Disaster, as the names of the nine passengers that remain missing are incorporated into the artwork.
Severals days following the opening of the "i, kid" exhibition Magenta Kang takes a photo of her piece at the KCCUK after adding 304 Sewol ribbons to it – one ribbon for each victim.
Severals days following the opening of the "i, kid" exhibition Magenta Kang takes a photo of her piece at the KCCUK after adding 304 Sewol ribbons to it – one ribbon for each victim.
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London, UK (May 2017): Lee Byung, a Korean chef, and a London Sewol group member prepare food for a fundraising dinner to support two Sewol mothers visiting the UK. More here.
London, UK (May 2017): Lee Byung, a Korean chef, and a London Sewol group member prepare food for a fundraising dinner to support two Sewol mothers visiting the UK. More here.