The study of visual images can illuminate how a society reconstructs its past and present. Min-Kyung Yoon will explore this theme by examining the interplay of art, history, and politics in North Korea in a presentation titled “Visualizing History: The Politics of North Korean Art, 1966–1994.”
Yoon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Korean Studies and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of History, will speak Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the Center for Korean Studies.
Yoon’s talk will explore the ways visual images write history in North Korea. As part of wider cultural production, art in North Korea is largely used to legitimate the North Korean state and its leaders. From the rise of a distinctive North Korean ink-and-brush painting in 1966 to the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994, Yoon will explore how history and the everyday were recreated in paintings to give visual form to a socialist imaginary far removed from the present reality yet essential for sustaining the state and its leaders. What emerges through this exploration is how ideology in North Korea, often perceived as constant, has changed, evolved, and engaged with the world.
Min-Kyung Yoon researches the visual arts of North Korea. She earned her Ph.D. at Leiden University in 2014. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at the École française d’Extrême-Orient. She earned her master’s degree in East Asia regional studies from Harvard University in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Michigan in 2004. Her talk is sponsored by the Center for Korean Studies, the UH Department of History, and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041 or (808) 956-2212.
This program is supported by a Core University Program for Korean Studies Grant through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005).