Nori Rope
W: 20 L: 20 H: 350 cm
Hair, Color rope

photo by Pierre Castignola

Secret feelings. Fancied lifestyles. Escaping judgmental glances because something would be considered out-of-the-norm. Dae Uk Kim turns his shame into pride. In Rope, long braids – in traditional fairy tales often referring to escaping ordeals – depict a deeply cherished desire to be able to play with long hair as a man, something that was not done within the strict gender separation in his motherland.