Cultural rights are also part of human rights.
The purpose of the DAKA is to create Korean culture as an international art community and promote cultural diversity by encouraging communication and exchange between foreign migrant artists and art college students who settle in Korea and engage in cultural and artistic creation and activities.
Logo Design by Kelly Frances
Homepage Design by Park Kyong Ju
1. Public interest campaign for expansion of cultural diversity policy
2. Education and workshops for foreign artists and art college students
3. Exchange projects for domestic and international exhibitions, performances, workshops, art projects, etc.
4. Providing Information through homepage operation and newsletter publication, etc.
5. Profit-making projects to achieve the purpose business of the association
Elliot John Woods
1 of 2 Artists at Kimchi and Chips
British Artists based in South Korea since 2014. Masters in Physics. Participated in exhibitions, talks, performances with MMCA, SeMA, ARKO, SFAC, KAMS, Nam June Paik Art Center, Ilmin Musuem, Sejong Art Center, ACC.
Currently participating in DAKA to support emerging artists working in Korea.
Director of Communications, USA
Founder of the Expat Enterainers of Korea (EE ROK)
Performer, Artist, and Activist
A Canadian citizen currently residing in America, she spent nearly 20 years in South Korea where she is known for her work in English media: as a TV & Radio show host; on-camera and voice actress; as well as a model, PR liaison and published author. Regardless of her location, she remains a dedicated advocate and activist.
In 2007, she started working with animal welfare groups to combat wildlife crime in Asia. Her first leadership role began in 2009 when she founded Bear Necessity Korea, a grassroots NGO committed to abolishing the trade of bear bile farming in Korea, which continued until 2012 when she and her comrades contributed to an IUCN resolution pledging to phase out bear bile farming globally. In 2013, she founded Expat Entertainers Korea (EE ROK), a private group on Facebook recognized as Korea's most critical online community for the protection, education, and solidarity of Korea's expat entertainers.
Professor at Chung-Ang University
German Artist who lives and works in Seoul since 2016. He is a visual artist and works with different media, photography, film, objects staged as fluid and performative processes that negotiate questions of home, migration of forms, patterns, territories, and people.
Since 2016 Professor for Fine Art Photography at Chung-Ang University. As an art teacher, he joins DAKA in the hope that the number of foreign graduates living and working in Korea will increase after graduating from an art school.
He regularly shows his work at international exhibitions such as Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, DE, Macao Biennale, Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN, ACC Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, KR, MMCA, Gwacheon, KR, ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE.
Meet The Team
Founder & Chairman
Founder & CEO of Multicultural Theatre SALAD
Visual artist, filmmaker, playwright, theater director, journalist and social artist
" Dear Homepage Visitors, It is an honor to greet you as the first Chairman of the DAKA.
Currently, about 6,500 foreign art college students and about 3,100 foreign artists have settled in Korea and are creating their arts.
The most urgent support system for them is the granting of qualifications to receive social services from the Artist Welfare Foundation through proof of artistic activity and apply for art funds from the government and local governments. Immigrant artists are also citizens who pay taxes while performing artistic activities with a legal status of residence within the territory of the Republic of Korea. The government and local governments should take measures to improve the related systems and administration to guarantee the cultural rights and equal rights of minorities.
The DAKA intends to conduct various campaigns to improve social awareness. I would like to ask for your support and interest in the activities of the DAKA. Thank you. "
Ex officio Director & Executive Representative
Photograph, Writing and cultural performance
Freelance writer for Pressenza Press Agency, social activist
" Hello everyone, I am an Ethiopian photo artist, writer and social activist. I come to Korea in 2014 as an immigrant, since then, I have been living in this land of contrastive weathers and natural wonders.
Before I came to Korea, I used to work at a local NGO called Music Mayday Ethiopia which provides a platform for talented young artists in music, dance, theater & drama, photography & video, painting & graphic design. Somehow, I was actively involved in various artistic, social and personal development projects for many years.
As a photo artist I had opportunities to exhibit my artworks in solo and group exhibitions in Seoul, Daegu and Paju cities, as well as an online exhibition in NY city.
As a foreign artist I face many challenges in Korea because of a lack of proper recognition of artistic and cultural activities, unsupportive system and social marginalization. I ask for your interest and assistance in this matter. Thank you."
James Lee Beckwith
Ex officio Director & Senior Vice President
Visual Art and Movie
Visual artist, Actor and Model
Foreign Director of the Yongsan fine arts association
" Hello! My name is James and I'm from USA. I've lived here for 21 years.
I'm the foreign director of the Yongsan-gu Fine Artists Association. In my many years of representing foreign artists in Yongsan, I have met some incredible artists from all across the world, and most of them share the same thing, the uphill struggle to be an artist in Korea. The spread of K-Pop and K culture is going rampant throughout the world.
If anything, there's going to be more and more artists that continue to come here to follow the culture that they've learned through the Internet, through the TV, and they are going to want to come here and experience it for themselves.
So I implore that the Korean government thinks of a strategy to help and support us artists that are here. Thank you. "
Anna Yoon (Anna Rihlmann Elisabeth)
Ex officio Director & Secretary General
Performance Art and Movie
Actress, Reporter and Producer
" Hello! My name is Anna and I'm from Germany. And I've been living in Korea for 7 years.
After graduating from a Korean Art School, where I majored in acting, I have been working in different artistic fields.
As a foreign artist living in Korea, I am very grateful to enjoy creative experiences, but I also encountered many obstacles and restriction because of my nationality.
I want to fight for equal rights for artists of every nationality, so that the Korean Art Industry can grow and thrive in many ways. Thank you."
Yondeungpo-Gu Dorim-Ro 139Gil
07285 Republic of Korea
Mon - Fri
Currently available for visits after prior consultation