In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
Your Artistic Background/Mission
Since March, 2007 I have traveled to Asia (including Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia), meeting with "Comfort Women" survivors and a former Japanese soldier from W.W.II.
"COMFORT WOMEN WANTED," (Incheon, Korea, 2009) presented at The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, referred to as “Comfort Women,” who were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia during World War II, and increases awareness of sexual violence against women during wartime.
The text, "COMFORT WOMEN WANTED," is a reference to the actual advertisements which appeared in newspapers during the war. When advertising failed, young women were gathered from Korea, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines,Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Netherlands, and forced into sexual slavery.
This audio, mixed media installation includes a series of large Advertising-like Billboards/prints such as a black & white portrait of a young comfort woman contrasted with the silhouette of an aged former comfort woman in her current home. The voices of the former "Comfort Women" are juxtaposed with the voice of the Japanese soldier. The emphasis is on the everyday hopes and dreams of these women and who they are as people in order to present the women as individuals rather than as victims.
Despite growing awareness of the issue of trafficking of women and of sexual slavery as a crime against humanity, this particular recent historical event has gone largely unacknowledged. This project attempts to bring to light this instance of organized violence against women and to restore the honor of those who lived through it.