About the exhibition

Haenyeo –" Women of the Sea" – are diving fisherwomen on the island of Jeju off the south coast of South Korea. They live in coexistence with the ocean, the waves and the storms. At great risk and without oxygen tanks, they dive for sea plants and sea animals.

In the exhibition Haenyeo - Women of the Sea, we meet the women divers and find out about their lives and work. In the exhibition, which is on display at both the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities and outdoors, 34 powerful portraits by the photographer Hyung S. Kim, who has followed the Haenyeo on the island of Jeju for several years, are presented. Kim became fascinated by the strength of the Haenyeo women and their beautiful, furrowed faces.

The exhibition presents various objects from the culture, which have been donated by relatives of the Haenyeo women. In the documentary film, "Breathing underwater (2015)", we hear the women themselves describe their work and lives.

Haenyeo – Women of the Sea is presented at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities from 18 May 2019 to 1 March 2020.

The exhibition is produced by initiator Min Jeong Ko and Maritime Museum & Aquarium in Gothenburg.