Dani Choi
They Named Me Kumiko

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
Comfort women were young girls who were abducted and then forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in South Korea, China, Philippines and many more during WWII. The primary goal of making this book, however, is not to disgrace Japan for their brutality during wartime, but to remind ourselves of thousands of lives destroyed during the war and share their agonizing memories.

How was the illustration used:
Full page illustrations for a picture book

How did you make this work:
The process of making this book included compiling testimonies of comfort women victims that were the most striking to me and writing a short story that evolves around a young Korean girl who is later given a Japanese name “Kumiko” at the comfort station. The tentacles often appear throughout the book are euphemism for sexual assault and violence against victims. Graphite and linocut.

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