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A Constant Stream from Oppression to Freedom: Korean Feminist Art in the Age of Deconstruction and Post-Ideology

Lee, Phil 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This essay draws attention to the changes Korean feminist art went through since its beginning in the mid-1980s. The major concerns with the early Korean feminists were the portrayal of the strong and devoted mother, the passive and feminine wife, and the nature of the female body defined by men under the influence of Confucianismduring the past 500 hundred years. However, since the late nineties, Korean artists have deconstructed the existing ideal image of the woman, experimented to break from the ideological female body, and moved toward for diversities of the artistic subject and expression upon their free choices in their work. They seem neither need to discuss feminism any longer nor interested in it. I elaborate the phenomenon as a narrative that has been flowing from oppression to freedom, and explain it by analyzing works of contemporary Korean artists such as Kim Hyun Jung, Nanda, Jangpa, Chang Jia and Yun Suk Nam.

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