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"UNVEILING THE TRUTH: THE SORROW AND HOPE OF 'COMFORT WOMEN'" PRESENTED BY MASON'S SCHOOL OF ART
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George Mason University’s School of Art,
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc.
and the Korean Studies Center at George Mason University
“Unveiling the Truth: The Sorrow and Hope of ‘Comfort Women’”
Nov. 26-Dec. 14, 2012
Mason Hall Atrium Gallery
FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 14, 2012 - George Mason University’s School of Art, Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc. (WCCW) and the Korean Studies Center of George Mason University join forces to present “Unveiling the Truth: The Sorrow and Hope of ‘Comfort Women,’” on display in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus from Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 through Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This gripping exhibition brings together works created by distinguished Korean, Japanese and American artists who have expressed their concerns with “comfort women” issues in their work. The term “comfort women” refers to the more than 200,000 young women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Since its founding in 1992, WCCW has petitioned the Japanese government to offer an official apology and redress to the victims of these atrocities.
“This exhibition addresses the injustices of sexual violence, explores historical truths and examines the physical and mental pain and trauma that these women suffered,” said Jungsil Lee, the exhibition’s curator, who is an adjunct professor at Towson University and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. “The artists illustrate and interpret the women’s histories through various artistic media, in hopes of preventing future war-related crimes, and to remind the world about basic human rights.” Lee is the president of ArTrio, a leading company of global art exhibition, special education and art-related information exchange.
The participating artists are Steve Cavallo, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Sasha Yongju Lee, Yong Soon Min, Yongmi Song Organ, Yoshiko Shimada, In-Soon Shin and Arin Yoon.
There will be a reception and artist talk/film screening on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 3 p.m., there will be a reception, ceremony, symposium and dinner with Comfort Women survivor Yong Soo Lee and the keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery and the Edwin Meese III Conference Room in Mason Hall on the Fairfax Campus. These events celebrate the 20th anniversary of WCCW.
These events are free and open to the public. To RSVP to the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Comfort Women exhibition and events, please call (202) 746-2186 or visit www.comfort-women.org. Please visit soa.gmu.edu or call (703) 993-8898 for more information about George Mason University’s School of Art and the Mason Galleries.
About the Galleries
The Galleries are located on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of the campus. The Fine Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building. The Mason Hall Gallery is on the ground floor of Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive. Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Concert Hall Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.