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23 Dec

Fallen Women

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A commentary on the photo series "Fallen Women”

Angels was a common theme in 19th century depictions of women in art, especially those of pre raphaelite artists. The poses of the models mimic those seen in classical sculpture. In another time period, for example the time of Aristotle and Socrates, it was acceptable to depict female nudity in the name of art. During the 19th century however, the time when these tombstones were built, female nudity was taboo. The Victorians believed passion to be deviant, thoughts of sexuality would cause insanity and thus sexuality was to be repressed. Popular paintings by pre raphaelite artists and sculptures were of beautiful women, but women who suffered as a result of their insatiable sexuality. Women were "angels of the hearth," idealized as chaste and subservient to the needs of their family. The presence of angels presiding over the tombs of loved ones was not only a commentary of the deceased wife, daughter or sister's virtue, but also served as a didactic tool that reinforced the prevalent gender norms of the 19th century. By celebrating the beauty of the nude female form and and the passion of its expression, these photos juxtapose and critique the suppression of feminine sexuality.

Concept from the amazing Yoshi. 

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09 Dec

The Blood of Christ

A Live Performance titled:
"The Blood of Christ”

Wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ. The Christian bible says:

19. “When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. 20. And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean." Leviticus 15

 

The message is dangerous because they use their moral tone to demean all women and a woman’s natural bodily functions. Dating back for centuries, the woman’s menstrual period had always been a source of shame.

Once every month, my menstrual cycle will begin. As a woman growing up, the world always seemed to look at it with disdain, as something grotesque, or shameful. However, for women, it is our reality, and our body’s natural way of cleansing itself in preparation to hold another life in it’s womb.

In light of one of the biggest Christian holidays, Christmas, I created a conceptual performance that shines a positive light towards menstruation. I drew parallels to the symbolism of Christ’s blood, and the blood of menstruation. Wine is symbolic of Christ’s blood, and similarly to the waning womb, it is symbolic of life, death, renewal, and of hope and rebirth.

I chose to begin my performance during the heaviest day of my menstrual cycle. It was important to me to document this performance using real menstruation blood to represent the authentic process of menstruation. A lot of men imagine period blood to fall freely out of a vagina like a fountain, but the women’s cleansing of it’s womb is actually a week long process. I sat there patiently with the wine glass underneath me in a span of hours waiting for one drop of my blood to fall into the glass. Menstrual blood to me, symbolizes renewal, rebirth, and hope for life.
The backlash over a woman’s menstruation is about oppression of women. This performance aims to celebrate the beauty and magic of the female body.

 

Performance was documented and photographed by GBK.photos
Video and full photo set documentation of the live performance coming soon at JoeyKim.tv

01 Dec

Life is way to short to live within the confines of our comfort zones. I never wanted a traditional job or to be limited by societal norms. I always took risks and these risks have always changed my life for the better. Decisions both good and bad have made me the woman I am today and some of the biggest risks have been the most life changing. I always trust my intuition, which isn’t always easy, sometimes it’s scary or it might even seem crazy, but it the end it always made me a better person.
It is because of this outlook on life that I finally mustered up the courage to cancel my flight home. I’m in a foreign country. I don’t speak the language. I have no idea where I will stay, where I will go, or what I will do next.
I have no plan, and for many this may seem crazy, but I know that I have chosen a path that allows me the freedom to make a living from anywhere in the world. It feels as if it were meant to be, as if I were meant to do this. This year I made my first two trips overseas with only a small luggage and my backpack. I made close friends with locals and saw the beauty of the world from their eyes.

 

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These journeys, from Thailand to France, have been life changing. As you travel away from home your forced to face your inner thoughts. You experience a clear vision of who you are and the emotions you bottle up inside. I made some of my biggest life decisions after I traveled to Thailand. I became aware of what made me unhappy and I was able to cut ties with it. It was scary, letting go of what is familiar, but you can’t let fear hold you back. I was afraid of financial instability but I overcame that fear and carved my own path and built JoeyKim.tv.
These experiences have made me more spiritual and connected with the world and with myself.

Experiences last a lifetime while the material goods in our life are nothing more than another bill to pay. When you abandon your material goods and live with only what you can carry on your back you realize how much your materials controlled you. It’s only when you abandon these things and travel to a foreign country that you realize how big the world truly is and just what you have been missing out on while you were trapped in your comfort zone.
I used to fear leaving home and being away from the comfort of four familiar walls. When you work up the courage to open your heart and eyes to the world you realize that home is truly where you make it and it can follow you where ever you go.

I am now in a hotel in Venice. I have no ticket back home and no where to stay tomorrow. I decided to face my fear and follow my intuition. Throughout all the decisions I’ve made in the past I’ve continued to give myself more and more freedom. Today I want to allow the light and kindness of others guide me. The ambiguity keeps me on my toes. I want to discover the world and myself. I want to create meaningful relationships. My trip has opened my eyes to limitless possibilities. Life is short. The world is vast. There is an entire world to experience but my physical body is a ticking clock.

Facing your inner thoughts and being comfortable and truly happy with who you are as a person is one of the most valuable life lessons a person can learn. Trust your intuition. There is something magical about traveling and finding yourself in completely different cities. You become more open minded and it is only with an open mind that we can create truly meaningful relationships.

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I don’t really know where I will go or what I will do next. I want to go where the kindness of others guide me. This is an open letter. I am lucky and extremely grateful to be part of such an amazing community. If any of you would be so gracious to open your doors to me and be part of my life story, my journey, I would be forever grateful.