Anatomy of the Bow
The video Anatomy of the Bow: Speakers is part of the project done in the time of the residency period in South Korea, dealing with the oppressed social bodies, the position of women in Korean society and their struggles of emancipation and fight for equality.
The video, made of archive photographs, creates a moving picture of a fragmented, fragile social body : we can see the women speak, but their voices remain silent. The voice-over recites a writing by Theresa Hak Chyung Cha, a text that almost anatomically describes the ability and struggles of speech as a bodily experience. The video Anatomy of the Bow is made of archive imaged kindly borrowed by the KWWA- Korean Women Worker Association, an organization dealing with working right of women, giving them education and support.
Anatomy of the Bow, series of 12 photographs, 2012
For the series of photographs Anatomy of the Bow, the artist approaches passers biers in the urban space in Seoul, with a proposal to engage in a short performative action which she photographs. She explains to the couples that the action’s objective is to assess the traditional roles of women and men and show their interrelation.
The photo narrative uses the specific body language within public space in order to
question the traditional roles and ways power is distributed and perceived within society.
It critically approaches to the position of women and its ambiguity: it on one hand it emphasizes the equality and strength of women, but in the same time speaks about their submissiveness and undervalued position. Anatomy of the Bow dissects traditional relationships, thereby instantly provoking the existing hierarchies.
© Luiza Margan 2019