Haenyeo, 2013, HD video, colour, sound, 10 minutes 57 seconds
Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Participants: O Eun Ja, Hyun Won Jo
There are female divers called haenyeo (literally ‘sea women’) who live on the island of Jeju in South Korea. The sea women wear black rubber suits and glass masks and venture deep into the sea to harvest conches, octopuses, urchins, abalones and seaweed.
The experimental documentary film Haenyeo focuses on one such woman and her daily life with her husband. By capturing the couple’s daily life together, as well as their surroundings, this work emphasises the meaning of their routine: ordinary, yet extraordinary.
Exhibitions / Screenings
Dear Cinema, MMCA Film & Video, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2018
Harvest Short Film Festival, Dorset, UK, 2017
Por Caracoles film festival, Seville, Spain, 2015
Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK, 2015
Experiments in Cinema Festival v9.72, New Mexico, USA, 2014
Kill Your Television, Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester, UK, 2014
S.I.T.E. CCW Alumni Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK, 2013
Today Art Museum Calissa Rising Artists Exhibition, Beijing, China, 2013
Chelsea Undergraduate Summer Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK, 2013