Funeral Attire for Comfort Women
This work displays traditional funeral attire, worn by the deceased before their body is put into a grave. There is a myth that parent's lives are extended if children prepare their parent's funeral clothes while they are alive. Inspired by this idea, Minhee constructed this piece with printed photos, as a prayer for longevity of the 28 Korean survivors alive at the time of construction. It is one of an ongoing series to commemorate all the living victims.
*Over 200,000 women and girls were forced into military sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during the Second World War. Most were taken from Korea, then Japan's colony, to be systemically raped in military brothels throughout the empire.
School of Design
MA Textiles, 2018
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Minhee Kim explores visual language through numerous materials and methods to express subtle emotions, narratives and memories that cannot be easily verbalised. Her recent projects show an attempt to portray the emotional fragility of the lives of ‘Comfort Women’, who were sex slaves during the Second World War. In particular, Minhee has been trying to comprehend the lives, suffering memories, and trauma of the victims. Along with her practice, Minhee has widened her perspective from the specific issue of Comfort Woman towards the fragility that all humans experience in their lives.
- BA Fine Art, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, 2010; MA Fine Art, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, 2013
- Visiting Lecturer, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, 2015-2016
- Fragmentality, Arthill Gallery, London, 2018; East Wing Biennial Surge18, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2018; Remembering Comfort Women, Deptford Does Art, London, 2018; 1st Prize Solo Exhibition, Coded Origin, Gallery Knot, Seoul, 2016