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Hearts of Absent Women

Artist Ema Shin was born in Japan and grew up in Korea before moving to Australia in 2010. As part of a Korean tradition, Shin’s male family members keep a book illustrating their family tree. Shin's family tree spans 32 generations, yet only features men. All female ancestors are absent.  

This solo exhibition by Ema Shin celebrates the women who are not recognised in Shin's family tree. Her work is influenced by anatomy and botanical forms. She sees these as symbols of life and emotion. Shin highlights the cultural diversity of women living in Australia, drawing attention to their experiences with family and social expectations. She celebrates their resilience and achievements.   

'Hearts of Absent Women' includes handwoven tapestry, printmaking, installations, soft embroidered sculptures and digital prints. The works in this exhibition have been made over the course of eleven years, which is how long Shin has lived in Australia. 

Image: Ema Shin. Hearts #7, 2021. Digital print. 59.5 x 42 cm. Image courtesy the artist

Suitable for

This exhibition is suitable for all audiences.


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