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Mulsum, the Fatal Breath | Haenyo | Women divers | South Korea

Summary

Korean photographer Jungkeun captures the moments when women divers on Jeju Island in South Korea struggle over their lives by holding breath in water.

Start Date

11th Oct 2018 5:30pm

End Date

11th Oct 2018 7:00pm

Venue

Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus

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Photo of Women Diver in South KoreaHaenyo are women divers in South Korea, particularly on Jeju Island located off the southern coast of the South Korean mainland. Women on Jeju Island have historically been main bread-earners in a household as a number of men lost their lives from sailing to the further sea. In order to survive from the island’s extremely barren environment, Haenyo has made their livelihoods through fisheries and agriculture. For the fisheries, these women have plunged into the sea the coastal waters of the East China Sea for about a thousand years now through generations. They catch seafood such as abalones, turban shells, and sea cucumbers. Jungkeun captures the moments when women divers on Jeju Island in South Korea struggle over their lives by holding breath in water. Also, the abstractions from water clothes illustrate things that we are missing everyday.

Park Jungkeun was born in 1978 in Korea. He received his B.A. in photography from Kyungil University, and his M.A. in photo journalism from Chungang University. He also studied photography at the Bauhaus-Universit├Ąt Weimar, Germany. He has participated in individual and group exhibitions, with his projects titled, The Spaces that Compose Me, Self (2010), Celebrating Self (2012), and Jamnyeo (2016, 2018), Island Migration Ancestors (2018), and Jeju 4.3 Incident (2018). Jungkeun was awarded Gallery Lux Emerging Photographer Award (2012), 10th KT&G SKOPF Photographer of the Year (2017), among others. In 2018, he has been an artist of residence at Art Space IAa, on Jeju Island, South Korea.

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