Sites and sights of tension: cultural memory of gender and colonial power in East Asia*


  • Gunhild Ravn Borggreen



Taking the sculpture entitled Statue of Peace (2011) by South Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung as a focus point, the article explores issues of gender and colonial power in the East Asian region related to the cultural memory of “comfort women” of Korean origin. Analyses of the sculpture and its context show how geographical locations and visual representation are related to atrocities and colonial violence. It shows how the sculpture becomes both a weapon and object of violence in global solidarity.


Gunhild Ravn Borggreen

Gunhild Ravn Borggreen is an Associate Professor in Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. With a background in Japanese Area Studies, Gunhild Ravn Borggreen focuses her research on contemporary Japanese visual art with attention to issues of gender, nationhood and cultural identity. In her recent research, Gunhild Ravn Borggreen looks at transcultural interchange between Danish and Japanese art practices in order to contribute to dismantling Eurocentric and essentialist frameworks within art history and culture studies. Among her publications are Dead or Alive! Tracing the Animation of Matter in Art and Visual Culture (co-edited with Maria Fabricius Hansen and Rosanna Tindbæk, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press 2020) and Performing Archives / Archives of Performance, (co-edited with Rune Gade, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press 2013), as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and anthology contributions.


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Ravn Borggreen, G. (2023). Sites and sights of tension: cultural memory of gender and colonial power in East Asia*. Peripeti, 20(38), 146–161.