Xen: Migration Labor and Identity - Yong Soon Min with Allan de Souza
This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition 'XEN: Migration Labor and Identity by Yongsoon Min with Allan de Souza', from 13 August to 12 September 2004 at the SSamzie Space Galleries. This exibition is featuring a video project that Min begun in 2003 as SSamzie Space's Artist in Residence Project and also a performance entitled X by Allan de Souza.
Yongsoon Min is an artist and independent curator. Her artistic practice incorporates diverse media and precesses that engage issues of representation and cultural identity, the intersection of history and memory, and the role of the artist and the arts as agents of social change.
The question of migrant labour has become a prominent social issue, while influencing Korea's economy and culture in general. In 2003, Min began actively working on the migrant labor project after realizing that the issue, like two sides of a coin, cannot be separated from her wider focus on exile and diaspora.
In the summer of 2003, Min visited many places to conduct interviews and produce documentary video, multi-media installation, sound piece and performance. The artist discloses the exploitative conditions that these migrant workers are facing in Korea, at the same time addressing the necessary legal issues that enable them to stay under humane conditions.
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