Audio, Mixed Media Indoor Installation, at the Iuncheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea, 2009
Chang-Jin Lee’s installation, with the interview audio being played from handsets. When visitors picked up the phone handsets, the voices of actual Comfort women survivors played out to them.
“It presented the women as individuals rather than as victims and highlighted the experiences that we all share in order to put these monumental events in context. These are the stories and the voices of the women.” -Chang-Jin Lee.
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1. Soonduck Lee & Youngsoo Lee singing “Chun-Hyung” song (two former Korean “comfort women”):
“Look, Chun-Hyung is coming! Look, Chun-Hyung is coming! Wearing dainty socks she is walking slowly. Hey, Let’s see the back of you, Chun-Hyung. Hey, Let’s see the front of you, Chun-Hyung. She is walking with mincing steps. Hu~hu~hu~ Whoopee!”
2. Youngsoo Lee (a former Korean “comfort woman”):
“If I am ever born again I hope to be born as a woman soldier. I want to protect my country, Korea. I would want to be a woman soldier, a woman general.”
3. Chen, Hwa (Taiwanese “comfort woman”):
“(My name is) Chen, Hwa. Well, I thought about studying when I was young. But, my family couldn’t support me. Well, only boys could go to school to get educated.”
4. Mr. Kaneko (a former Japanese Soldier):
“Comfort women had to have sex with 50 or even 100 soldiers a day.”