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Chang-Jin Lee [Videonale.14]

* in Korea, lives and works in New York USA


Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Comfort Women Wanted, 1a Space Gallery, Hong Kong HKG
         EAF 2012, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York USA
         Locating The Sacred Festival, Organized by the Asian American Arts Alliance, New York USA
2011 Comfort Women Wanted, Spaces, Cleveland USA
         Dear Leader, Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia USA
         Busan Sea Art Festival, Busan KOR
2009 The 21st Century, The Feminine Century, and the Century of Diversity and Hope, The Incheon    
         Women Artists’ Biennale, Incheon KOR
2008 Metro Poles The Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York USA




Chang-Jin Lee x

Comfort Women Wanted, 2011, 46:48 (10) min., Sound, Black/White [VIDEONALE.14]

In her film „Comfort women wanted“, Chang-Jin Lee tells the disturbing story of more than 200.000 young women who were misused as sex slaves by the Japanese army during the Second World War. The video comprises six episodes; the facts about the war crimes are related in highly personal interviews. The first interview, an introduction to this theme, is with one of the perpetrators, a former soldier of the Japanese army. For her film the artists also selected five women as witnesses of those times. They live in the Netherlands, China, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan and were forced to work in brothels, which were known under the euphemistic name “comfort stations”. In the film we hear only the voices of those interviewed, on the screen we see black-and-white photographs with rapidly changing subtitles in English. These show us blurred pictures of the six protagonists. The women are representatives of the fate which thousands suffered. They came to terms with their destiny in various ways and have now found the courage to relate even the most intimate details of their fate. They are fighting for justice, for till today there has been no discussion in Japan about the problem of forced prostitution.

Anastasia Antropova

Chang-Jin Lee