By Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Dictee is the best-known paintings of the flexible and demanding artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982). A vintage paintings of autobiography that transcends the self, Dictee is the tale of numerous girls: the Korean progressive Yu Guan quickly, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mom Hyung quickly Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself. The point that unites those ladies is affliction and the transcendence of affliction. The publication is split into 9 components based round the Greek Muses. Cha deploys quite a few texts, files, photos, and sorts of deal with and inquiry to discover problems with dislocation and the fragmentation of reminiscence. the result's a piece of strength, complexity, and enduring good looks.

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I saw them, older than us, men and women held to each other. They walk into the others who wait in their uniforms. Their shouts reach a crescendoas they approachnearer to the other side. Criesresistingcries to move forward. Orders, permission to use force against the students, have been dispatched. To be caught and beaten with sticks, and ftr others, shot, remassed,and carted off. They fall they bleed they die. The police the soldiers anonymous they duplicate themselves,multiply- in number invincible they execute their role.

Their authority sewn into the stitchesof their costume. Every ten feet they demand to know who and what you are, who is represented. The eyes gather towards the appropriate proof. Towards the face then again to the papers, when did you leave the country why did you leave this country why are you returning to the country. You see the color the hue the same you see the shape the form the same you see the unchangeable and the unchangedthe sameyou smell filtered edited through progress and westernization the same you seethe numerals and innumerablesbonding overlaid the same, speech,the same.

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