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    8.15 ~ 8.24, 11:00 - 19:00

Artist's Statement

<The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger>, begins with the sound of women’s voices speaking of histories of violence, of things repressed and silenced. Gradually, their voices accumulate into a cacophony of pure sonic intensity against an extreme slow-motioned image of a woman survivor of Japan’s military sexual slavery who, in the absence of words to accurately account for her suffering, gets up and walks into the center of a war crimes tribunal court room and gestures wildly before she faints.

<The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger> explores ways in which trauma is passed on from previous generations to the present through a sense of being haunted. Following a group of international adoptees and other women of the Korean diaspora in their 20s and 30s, the film uncovers how the return of the repressed confronts and destabilizes narratives that have been constructed to silence histories of pain and violence inflicted onto the bodies and lives of women and children.

A genealogy is created by relating the stories of three generations of women: the former ‘comfort’ women who were subjected to military sexual slavery by the Japanese military between World War I and World War II women who have worked as sex-workers around US military bases in South Korea since the 1950s to the present and transnational adopted women from South Korea to the West since the Korean War.

Composed of oral testimonies, poetry, public statements and interview fragments, the filmic narrative unfolds in a non-chronologic and layered manner. By reinterpreting and juxtaposing historical archive footage with recorded documentary material and staged performative actions, multiple spaces and times are conjoined to contour how a nexus of militarism, patriarchy, racism and nationalism served to suppress and marginalize certain parts of the population and how this part of world history continues to reverberate in the present moment.



Jane Jin Kaisen

Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Jeju Island, South Korea and adopted to Denmark in 1980. She is currently based in-between Berlin, Copenhagen, and Jeju.

Kaisen's practice is propelled by a sense of necessity and an aspiration for carving out spaces for critical reflection and dialogue. Working with experimental documentary, multi-channel video installation, performative video art, photography, and text, she engages themes of memory, trauma, migration and translation at the intersection of personal and collective histories. Through her artworks that resonate as both critical translations and poetic testimonies, Kaisen works with layered modes of storytelling and experimental usage of voice, image, sound, gesture, and archive material.

In configuring alternative genealogies, her artworks destabilize normative representations and linear conceptions of time and space while gesturing towards emergent communities and embodied memories that linger ghostly at the margins of the seeable and sayable. While each work is driven by its own aesthetic and discursive inquiry, together they form a multi-faceted and in-depth commitment to transnational and gendered histories related to coloniality, modernity, war and borders.

Kaisen holds an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, an MA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and was a 2007-08 fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She is currently completing her PhD in artistic research at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts / University of Copenhagen and serves as a member of the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding.

Kaisen has exhibited, screened and lectured about her work in various contexts, most recently at venues such as the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Germany, Jeju Museum of Art, ArtSpace C, and Seoul Museum of Art, in Korea, Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark.