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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang

A video still from Jane Jin Kaisen’s Halmang.

13 Thomas St. Manchester, M4 1EU United Kingdom

“I’ve always had a deep interest in notions of history and memory,” the multidisciplinary artist Jane Jin Kaisen recently told The Korea Times, “the intersection between personal memory and collective memory and the discrepancies that can exist between ‘discrete’ history and ‘official’ history.” Born in 1980 on the island of Jeju, in South Korea, Kaisen was adopted at three months and raised in Denmark. Throughout her career, Kaisen has continuously grappled with themes of nature, spirituality, and gender. Many of her projects have also focused on modern Korean history. In her first solo show in the U.K., Kaisen uses oceanic cosmology to consider the relationship between modernization and loss. Filmed on Jeju, “Halmang” presents the island as sacred, its power extending far beyond its shores. —Jeanne Malle