Women of the Sea

In exclusivity for Travel Do.se, the Korean Cultural Service New York sent us these amazing photographs for their upcoming exhibition HaeNyeo: Women of the Sea, featuring photography and video art focused on the extraordinary lives of Korean female free divers called haenyeo, examining them in a newly artistic point of view.


The exhibition presents photographic works by Hyung S. Kim who captures the true reflection of haenyeos’ lives on Korea’s beautiful Jeju Island. This photographic collection has been in production since 2012, when Kim first became fascinated by the historical background and captivating lives of haenyeo women who have embodied the core strength of Jeju’s culture. Kim has since been residing on the Island to produce a photographic and video collection, capturing their most natural states as they come out of their deep dives.

This exhibition comes to the US at an opportune time as Haenyeo culture has been selected as a candidate for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Haenyeo are one of Korea’s most important cultural assets, and the designation would provide much needed support for the preservation of the dwindling numbers of haenyeo. Recognition by UNESCO would bring further tangible benefits in support of the revitalization of the haenyeo community.

The HaeNyeo exhibition is presented in part with the 2015 Asia Week New York and its mission is “to promote Asian art in New York City [in collaboration with] top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world renowned museums” including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Brooklyn Museum, among many others.


HaeNyeo: Women of the Sea will be open for public viewing from March 11th to April 10th, 2015 at the Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Service New York – 460 Park Ave. 6 th Floor, New York, NY 10022.


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By Published on Mar 06 2015
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