48 x 51x 32cm, 04:42 1-Channel video installation, loop, Mirror,Wood, 2016

Buyonghoe, the group of Japanese women married to Koreans, and House of Sharing, the community group of the living Korean comfort women forced to sex-slavery by the Japanese army during the WWII, are hot stories for the press of both countries. This work is about the victimized women who have been abused as means of political diplomacy between the assaulting nation and the affected nation. It cross-examines the images of these victims overlaid by the media and represents the true voice of those who have actually experienced the damage.

The women in both groups exist between poles of individual memory and distinct group identity, between concealing and displaying their personal histories, between remaining foreign and fitting within a hostile situation.

Their stories are untold stories, stories that have never been voiced explicitly. The stories actually reside with these women and only with these women since these women are the ones who tell them and are witnesses of them. A fragile narrative emerge from the conversations with them, and from the conversations we receive important information about what has happened. Beyond their words, their physical presence assures truth, the truthfulness of their speech. It is the duality of the witness that makes them describe what they percieved, and this description is validated through their presence in the here and now, in the inherent aura of them having been there.

When an individual’s memory is shut down and is turned into a collective memory by the media, what should be handled with the memories that will represent that person’s identity?