This is a simple documentation of Korea's comfort women, who were forced to "comfort" Japanese soldiers during the war. The artist doesn't give details about the women's lives except for their name and age, the details of the experience do not matter to him. What matters, is that these women's painful past to a silent history rather, an acknowledged history.
This is raw silver gelatin print photography which I just love and miss seeing. Park Ju Seok explains this well, "The visual culture today makes our past lives seem so foreign, our lives that we are so used to because they are submerged in our massive collective historical memories."
Instead of trying to sell us something, Cha uses photography for its original purpose - to acknowledge and document a moment that adds to an honest collective history.
I've discovered a fantastic blog that amazingly manages to inform of many exhibitions in Seoul. With directions, pictures and links it is extremely handy. Woot!