Art Exhibit: Torn from Home

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Metropolitan State Gordon Parks Gallery presents Torn from Home, an exhibit featuring the art of Eun-Kyung Suh who honors and memorializes the extreme diaspora experiences of Korean “comfort women” during World War II using silk organza. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, April 23 from 5–7:30 p.m. and continues through July 23.

Using silk organza, Suh creates boxes printed with photographic images of the victims and their journal entries. The works draw on the history of World War II, during which 200,000 young women were recruited to work in factories and instead forced into sexual slavery in Japan’s military brothels. Regarding the exhibition, guest curator Margaret Miller said, “Eun-Kyung Suh’s precise construction of delicate silk boxes invites you to draw close for an intimate view of these women’s lives. Their words floating on the surface of the translucent vessels hold them suspended in time, waiting to be heard. Their tragic stories pull at your heart, making it impossible to leave untouched.”

The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the Saint Paul campus and will be open Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Fridays­–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Persons with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or