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Centering on the lives of Japanese and Korean women transformed by World War II, Chan Sook Choi’s FOR GOTT EN is a rumination on trauma, resistance and survival. 

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“These works are more than interviews. They are records of our shared humanity, of our communal pain. The voices of these women are arranged and documented so that they build into poetry or song." 

Chan Sook Choi

Mapping trauma, resistance and survival.

Emerging from an extensive oral history research project, Chan Sook Choi’s FOR GOTT EN portrait series recognises the embodied and ongoing traumas of female survivors of World War II.

Across seventy-two interviewees and sitters living across Germany, Japan and South Korea, the project focuses on the experience of Buyonghoe women, Japanese wives of Korean men who relocated after the war, and Korean comfort women forced into sexual servitude and slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during the war. By washing away the sitter’s face with ink and colour, these portraits of obscured women, gesture to the unrepresented and undocumented histories to which they are survivors, resistors, and witnesses.

In an outdoor exhibition, the Sydney Opera House will exhibit a selection of these works for the first time in Australia, showcasing these portraits alongside text, and photographs of ephemera that give context and visibility to the complexities of trauma.  

More about...

Chan Sook Choi seeks out and collects the fragments of migration; charting physical movement and spiritual migration that is realised across exhibitions, lectures, performance and publications. Her recent exhibition history includes ‘SUPERPOSITION’, Digital Art Center, Teipei, Taiwan (2020), ‘It leaks, the light in their ground’, Seoullo media cavas , Seoul, Korea (2020), ‘The Square, Art and Society in Korea’, National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, Geachon, Korean (2019), ‘Ars Electronica Festival 2019’, Linz, Austria (2019) and ‘Re-move’, Art Sonje Center , Seoul, Korea (2017).

Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Art Korea, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan as well as the Seoul Museum of Art and the Sungkok Art Museum, Korea. In 2008, she was the winner of the International Media Art Competition, Bibliart and Pergamon Museum, Berlin and won the Elsa Neumann Scholarship in 2019. 

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