“Loneliness is an outcome of the social state we live in, where the majority of people have to dwell in the highest form of late-capitalism,” states Jooyeon Lee. This notion informs the artist’s practice. She documents the social and political influences of seclusion through drawing, installation, moving-image and writing. The London-based filmmaker, originally from South Korea, has developed an analytical, cinematic language to navigate labour precarity and women’s bodies. In Fortune Teller, the working conditions of South Korean aircrews are compared to 1920s Radium Girls, who died following radiation poisoning.
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Image Credit: Jooyeon Lee, Fortune Teller, (2022). Single-channel video. 24 min. 50 sec.