Jeehey Kim

Biography

Jeehey Kim’s interest in the politics of memory has led her to explore the ethics of representation and the ways in which colonial legacies have structured trans-Asian modernity. Her research encompasses the history of photography, visual culture, and film studies in East Asia. Kim is currently working on two book projects: Imagining Korea through Photography, on the history of photography in Korea, and Photography and Death: Funerary Photo-Portraiture in East Asia. She also has been writing articles on vernacular photographic practices as well as on documentary films and visual culture in relation to the Cold War and to gender politics in East Asia.

As a curator, Kim has organized exhibitions such as the recent “Pyongyang Bookstore,” at Seoul Metropolitan Library, which presented North Korean artists of the 1950s and ’60s. Kim earned her doctorate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a dissertation on funerary portrait photography in East Asia.

Publications

Imagining Korea through Photography (London: Reaktion Books; Chicago: the University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)

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“Pyongyang Bookstore: North Korean Artists through Their Books,” in Pyongyang Bookstore, exh. cat. (Seoul: Han Sangeon Yeonghwa Yeon’guso, 2018)

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“Wandering Ghosts of the Cold War,” Journal of Korean Studies 22: 2 (Fall 2017)

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“The Development of Photo Studios in Korea by Lee Kyungmin,” Translation of the Korean text, Trans Asia Photography Review 4:2 (Spring 2014)

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“Death and Photography: Politics of Funerary Photo-Portraiture,” in The 2012 Seoul Photo Festival: Village Community and Photo Archives, exh. cat. (Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul City Hall, Seoul Museum of History, 2012)

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“Memory of the Dead and Responsibility of the Living: Noh Suntag’s Forgetting Machines (2006-2007),” Trans Asia Photography Review 2:1 (Fall 2011)

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“Photography as Metalanguage for Cultural Studies,” Photography & Culture 3:1 (2010)

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“Korean Funerary Photo-Portrait: Vernacular Photographic Practice as Parallax,” Photographies 2:1 (2009)

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“Ethics of Photography of the Dead,” in The Many Ways We Talk about Death in Contemporary Society, eds. Margaret Souza & Christina Staudt (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009)

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“Deadpan Rhetoric: We don’t have an alibi,” with Geoffrey Batchen and Jung Joon Lee, Deadpan: Photography, History, Politics, exh. cat. (New York: The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2008)

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Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow