Three actual photos containing images of Korean ‘Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan’ will be revealed for the first time at the national exhibition held in commemoration of the March First Independence Movement centennial.
One photo is of the late Park Young-shim, who testified to her sufferings as a comfort woman, fully pregnant and in captivity when the photo was taken, and two photos of several Korean Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan gathered together in Myitkyina, Myanmar, all of which are well known as representative photos of Korean Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.
These photos were obtained through the three-year ｢Record Management Project on Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan｣ by Seoul City and the Seoul National University’s Chung Chin-sung Research Team (hereinafter ‘SNU Research Team’). Photos of ‘Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan’ which have been previously unveiled were scanned photos held by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and this is the first time that actual photos were secured. The printed photos are 29cm in width and 21cm in length and have been preserved in good condition.
In addition to the three actual photos, Seoul and the SNU Research Team will take historical documents, photos, film footages, testimonies of the Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, etc. which have been unearthed until now to open an exhibition entitled <Records, Memories: Stories of ‘Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, ’ Untold Words>.
The subject of this exhibit, ‘Records, Memories,’ ‘records’ the brave testimonies of the victims who revealed the truth of the issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan and incorporates the will to continue to remember the ‘memories.’ Records which have been scattered will be collected and exhibited as photos, documents, and in storytelling format with artists’ art works on the theme of Victims of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.
The exhibition will be open at the Seoul Center for Architecture and Urbanism between February 25 (Mon) and March 20 (Wed) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission will be free of charge. For more information, contact the Seoul Bureau of Family & Women Policy (+82-2-2133-5057).