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Malgeum Kim on Love and Ambition
14 February, 2024
Somehow it is familiar to hear those studying art history talk about Feminism, since it is a part of the academic programme, but it rarely happens that feminism is examined in art projects in Korea.This project book is a microscope for looking at how feminist Korean art is progressing. The young critic Jinshil Lee, who is a winner of SeMA-Hana Art Critics Prize, 2019, has researched Korean feminist art and published this book supported by Seoul Museum of Art Critic Project. There are 3 sections of interviews, which are organised chronologically, from historical to contemporary. The zeitgeist of each period is apparent, but humorous episodes also occur in these interviews.
The title of this book, Love and Ambition, comes from a famous drama series in South Korea of the 1980s, when Korean culture was male dominated. This book shares this title to present the reader with the great flow of feminist art in Korea that hasn’t been seen closely before; additionally, it rethinks the position of women in the contemporary art scene.