“Disposable People”: Comfort Women photos at the Festival Hall

by Philip Gowman on 19 October, 2008 updated 20 August, 2017

in Event Notices | Event reports and reviews | Exhibition reviews and comment | Photography

Overlapping nicely with the photographic exhibition at the KCC (Poverty seen through the Lens) is Disposable People, an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall on a related theme: modern day slavery.

Magnum photographer Chris Steele Perkins spent some time talking with some of the last surviving sex slaves from the Pacific War – the Korean Comfort Women. In a simple but moving series of images, he documents the stories of some of the women he met, setting them alongside plain full frontal facial portraits. The images and stories are left to speak for themselves.

The exhibition runs till 9 November, and will tour the UK in 2009, first stop being Plymouth.



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