Monday, March 2, 2009

Portraits of 108

I managed to catch the last few days of Cha Jin Hyun's beautiful photography exhibit "Portraits of 108" at the Sangsangdang gallery.
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!

4 comments:

ok korea said...

thanks for the art'n'about link. the latest 'zeitgeist' post looks scaaaaary.

Jenna said...

ooh I know!
The problem is, is that the shows seem to only last for a week or so ~ so this weekend I'm going to madly rush to a few video installations in Hongdae - wahoo!

ok korea said...

take me with! we must be gallery hopping buddies.

Jenna said...

wahoo! lets do it ~ wanna email me?

jiktodd@gmail.com