Kim Hyun-jung, a painter and Hanbok advocate,
draws portraits of modern-day women engaged in
modern-day activities while dressed in Hanbok.
In Kim’s reinterpretations, the women wear high
heels and brightly decorated nails together with
the traditional dress. They also eat burgers, ride
motorcycles and take part in indoor rock climbing.
“Because Hanbok is an elegant dress, it can
confine the wearer’s behavior in certain ways,”
Kim said. “For example, when I wear Hanbok I
automatically straighten my back and even watch
the way I speak. I turned that idea around in my
head and contrasted Hanbok with things with which
it isn’t usually associated.”
Kim said she hoped her fans would react with
amusement and laughs.
Her solo exhibition, “Feign Playground,” which
ran from mid-March through early April, attracted
over 5,000 people a day and 41,000 in the first two