“Comfort Women” Exhibition and Symposium

Unveiling the Truth: The Sorrow and Hope of “Comfort Women”

An exhibition presented by the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW)

Reception: Friday, Nov 30, 6-8 pm (artist talk/film screening @7 pm)
Exhibition Dates: Monday, Nov 26 – Friday, Dec 14, 2012
Venue: Mason Hall Atrium Gallery, George Mason University, 4379 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Contact: Jungsil Lee, Curator: artriolee@gmail.com 301.755.7067; Walter Kravitz, Gallery Director: ekravitz@gmu.edu 703.993.4375

The exhibition “Unveiling the Truth” brings together works created by distinguished Korean, Japanese, and American artists who have expressed their concerns with “comfort women” issues through their works. “Comfort women” is a euphemistic term used by the Japanese military to refer to women they imprisoned and forced into sexual slavery during World War II. This exhibition explores sexual violence, historical truths, the physical pain, and the mental trauma those women suffered. The artists interpret the women’s experience in hopes of preventing future war crimes and to affirm basic human rights. The participating artists are Steve Cavallo, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Chang-Jin Lee, Sasha Yungju Lee, Yong Soon Min, Youngmi Song Organ, Yoshiko Shimada, In-Soon Shin, and Arin Yoon.

Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc. www.comfort-women.org

Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Exhibition Opening Reception 6:00 pm
  • Artist Talk and Dai Sil Kim-Gibson’s Film Screening 7:00-8:00pm

Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Reception 3:00-3:30pm
  • WCCW’s 20th Anniversary Ceremony 3:30-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker: Hon. Mike Honda, House Representative (CA-15)
  • Symposium, chaired by Dr. Jungsil Lee 4:30-6:30pm: Korean/Asian “Comfort Women,” Then and Now, Tracing the Historical, Political and Cultural Aspects of the Comfort Women Movement in the United States and South Korea
  • Dinner 6:30-8:00pm

4379 Mason Pond Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030 Atrium Gallery & Edwin Messe III
Conference Room in Mason Hall, George Mason University (see map)

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. The event is made possible by sponsors ArTrio, Prof. Youngchan Ro (Director of Korean Studies Center), Prof. Walter Kravitz (Director of George Mason University Art Gallery), and the Academy of Korean Studies, Korea.

Please RSVP: contact.wccw@gmail.com
For more information please call: 202.746.2186 (President of WCCW, Christine Choi)