Feminism in Korea only really began to take root as a radical movement in the 1980s, and it remains controversial in public discourse. However, in just the past few years, the women's movement in Korea has grown into a sizable online community thanks to social networking sites. It has also manifested in public actions and demonstrations, particularly in response to the #MeToo movement.
Since I know these difficulties for Korean women to be the feminist, as a curator I’m holding a feminism show for the Korean women artists. I’m building this ‘Safe House’ for them to speak their aims.
With Safe House, audiences will have a chance to experience both new and familiar concepts. Korean audiences will grapple with a concept of feminism that has only recently surfaced in daily life, but that nonetheless reflects familiar aspects of Korean culture. American or other non-Korean audiences will learn about Korean culture and attempt to reconcile familiar feminist concepts with the values of a foreign society. This will ultimately provide opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges. Finally, the show will introduce American audiences to a multigenerational group of contemporary Korean artists working in a variety of mediums.