Overview participating exhibitions
Five Views from Korea
Insook Kim is a third generation Zainichi currently based in Seoul. Many Koreans settled in Japan during the era of Japanese occupation and a large number of them were unable to return to their motherland even after the war. Zainichi is a common term for ethnic Koreans residing in Japan. Whether their cultural identity is Japanese or Korean is a question they must bear while they are faced with yet another crisis of self: when they are forced to choose between South and North Korean nationalities. By showing the daily practice of students of a Zainichi school run by Chongryon, a pro-North Korean faction, Kim shows the labor of having to overcome the world’s prejudices. In the work’s background is her own experience of feeling pressure to choose between the three countries of Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. Kim Insook speaks to the individual lives people lead to overcome prejudices built up by ideology. She is in the midst of this 20-year project, following these students to their lives after graduation.