Under the Sky of Happiness 2013

Embroidery on Cotton, 270 x 300 cm
PRESSEUM, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

The work depicts women who have played a key role in shaping South Korean modern history. They lived during different periods, came from different social classes and were active within different fields. This piece paradoxically demonstrate the less appreciated roles of women in a male-dominated society.
Clockwise from top left: Nora Noh, fashion designer; Juryong Kang, political activist; Heesun Yoon, activist who raised an army in the course of justice; Hye-sok Na, artist and writer; Tae-young Lee, lawyer; Jakyung Kim, opera patron; Young-Shin Chang, chair person at Aekyung Group; Daan-ma Park, pop singer. Keumhee Lee (first dance singer) is in the bottom middle of the image and the two elderly ladies on the right and in front of the letters are demonstrators against the concubine system in 1960s’ Korea.

Photography : Courtesy PRESSEUM, Ilmin Museum of Art