Curated by Jinyoung Jin, Forgotten Faces traces the cultural phenomenon of mass killings and political trauma in Asia. Although the Holocaust sparked horror and outrage, mass killings did not stop—in fact, they became a defining characteristic of modern society across the globe, including our current moment. Asia, in particular, was the site of many such atrocities, with untold numbers of civilians dying as victims of colonialism, Cold War politics, unstable nation-state systems, capitalism, globalization, social and economic inequality, and growing ecological challenges.
This exhibition reveals the links between these crimes against humanity and works of art, featuring artists Kim Hak (Cambodia), Kumi Yamashita (Japan), Federico Borella (Italy), Lim Ok-Sang (Korea), Noh Suntag (Korea), Choi Byungsoo (Korea), Jung Min-Gi (Korea), Lee Yunyop (Korea), Tenzing Rigdol (Tibet), Tung Min-Chin (Taiwan) and Joe Sacco (US). In the midst of tensions between journalism and aesthetics, we can find documentation of unspeakable acts and a crisis of representation. Forgotten Faces raises public awareness of a largely ignored history of brutality and undertakes to answer how art can express dark histories and a desire for social justice.