Seowoon Jung (1924-2004)

Jungeun Lee

In Residence: May 20 – Jul 14, 2014

Exhibition: Jul 10 – Sep 14, 2014

What is your work about?

My work is based on the story of Seowoon Jung’s life as a comfort woman. She was kidnapped by Japanese soldiers from her home in Korea to Semarang, Indonesia, during World War II. The Japanese government forced women from all over Asia into sexual slavery to “comfort” their soldiers worn out from the war, and Seowoon Jung was one of them.

What preparations did you take for this exhibition?

Because this work deals with Seowoon’s life as a comfort woman, I decided to follow the route from her home in Korea to Indonesia, where the Japanese soldiers took her. She was sixteen, and the countries she visited were unknown and frightening to her. She stayed at Simonoseki, Japan, for the first few months until the soldiers placed her in Semarang, Indonesia, for six years. As I traveled through Japan by boat and actually set foot on Seowoon’s route, I gained a glimpse of what her life would have been like.

Tell us about the materials used in this space.

I mainly used cloth and thread made of cotton called Gwang-Mok and Moo-Myung. Back in those days, girls wore clothes made of such materials, so I thought it would be perfect to use in this project. I cut clean, white Gwang-Mok into pieces – enough to account for the number of days Seowoon spent as a comfort woman – then stitched them back together. I took this needlework along with an unworn Moo-Myung Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes) with me throughout my travels, laid them on the streets, and watched them get trampled on and stained with dirt by pedestrians. I brought these back to Artpace and used them to complete my work.


Jungeun Lee

Frisco, Texas, USA

Dallas-based artist Jungeun Lee’s photographs and installations explore the relationship between human experience and cultural memory. Her Silenced Suffering: the Comfort Women Project, which she began during her graduate study at the University of North Texas, is focused on raising awareness about the experiences of Korean women during the Second World War. Lee received first place in The Visual Language of North Texas, Great Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX in 2009 and first place in the photoNOLA, New Orleans, LA in 2010. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions such as RESPECT: Artists invite Artists, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX; War Remaining, Collin College, Plano, TX, and Silenced Suffering: The Comfort Women Project, Louisiana Tech University Gallery.

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N’Goné Fall

Alexandria, Egypt

N’Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic, and consultant in cultural engineering. A graduate of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, she was the editorial director of the Paris-based contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001, and editor of numerous books on contemporary visual arts and photography in Africa including An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century, Photographers from Kinshasa and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: a century of African photographers. She has curated exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States. She was one of the curators of the African photography biennale in Bamako, Mali, in 2001 and a guest curator at the 2002 Dakar Biennale in Senegal. As a consultant in cultural engineering, she is the author of strategic plans, orientation programs, and evaluation reports for Senegalese and international cultural institutions. She is an instructor at the Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt, and teaches curatorial process, communications strategy, and methodology in the department of cultural industries.  Fall is also a founding member of the Dakar-based collective, GawLab, a platform for research and production in the field of new media and visual arts.

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