Lee Ki-Yeon with Kim Yoonha

Season 2, Episode 2,   Oct 20, 2023, 11:00 AM

Lee Ki-Yeon (이기연) is an artist and activist known for her advocacy for democracy during Korea's dictatorship era. In the 1980s, she co-founded Minjung art (민중 미술 people’s art) collective 'Dureong' (두렁) and explored Korean cultural heritages, including mask dances and folktales. Her influence extended into clothing when, in 1984, she initiated the 'Wearing Our Clothes Movement' (우리 옷 입기 운동). This social movement sparked nationwide interest in 'Everyday Hanbok' (생활 한복) — a rendition of Korean sartorial heritage tailored for daily wear. Lee Ki-Yeon believes that a change in attire can catalyse a change in mindset and behaviour. This sentiment is an extension of her earlier cultural movements, which emphasised daily practices that encourage symbiotic living among diverse life forms. 


Kim Yoonha (김윤하) is an anthropologist who is interested in exploring how heritage practices can offer alternative worldmaking. She is currently a pre-doctoral researcher at the interdisciplinary research cluster "Matters of Activity”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH). 

Translation by Kim Yoonha with chat GPT, and narration by Descript Overdub.