HAENYEO – THE SEA WOMEN OF JEJU ISLAND
8 MAR 21 – 4 MAR 22 (Extended)
Australian National Maritime Museum
Marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the KCC this year, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the KCC co-present the Haenyeo – the sea women of Jeju Island at the Maritime Museum. This photographic exhibition will showcase the artist, Hyungsun Kim’s powerful portraits celebrating a community of women divers of Jeju Island known as haenyeo (sea women).
Alongside traditional diving clothes and tools for haenyeo provided by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the exhibition features 12 large scale photographic portraits which explore the human face of this centuries-old, sustainable sea harvest.
This unique and ancient culture, Jeju Haenyeo Culture, was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.
HAENYEO: THE SEA WOMEN OF JEJU ISLAND
Bond Store Basement, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
7 May – 6 June 2021
* A touring exhibition produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Korean Cultural Centre Australia. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea in 2021.
‘They are shown exactly as they are, tired and breathless. But, at the same time,
they embody incredible mental and physical stamina, as the work itself is so dangerous; every day they cross the fine line between life and death.
I wanted to capture this extreme duality of the women: their utmost strength combined with human fragility.’
Hyungsun Kim 2017