Just watching without the thoughts of watching.

After the 1997 IMF bailout had adverse effects on South Korean citizens and the economy, most of the media expressed this as a man's disaster. What the media and society wanted for the family was a wife supporting a man simply by doing housework. But it was impossible for only a man to work to feed a family in the aftermath of the national disaster—meaning women needed to take care of the home and find paid employment, too.. Despite this, most Koreans continued to think housework is for women and working outside the home is for men.

Until recently, women have continued to spend most of their time on chores around the house. Yet the majority have also performed some paid jobs to help put food on the table. These outside positions for women have typically consisted of the same type of labor as their housework—such as cooking, cleaning, and other manual service work.


It is evident that housework performed by men on the weekday only reaches 10% of that performed by women, and the number of women who perform outside work is 20% less than that of men—and they receive only 63% of men’s wages for equivalent work.

Even though gender discrimination clearly still exists in the labor market, Korean men in their 20s and 30s say they are facing "reverse discrimination.”

This work reflects how the division of labor by gender ignores women’s achievements and the reality of daily life. The work focuses in particular on female workers in our mother’s generation.

Single channel video, 5mn 50sc, 2019

Safe House 2020 — Curated by. Sungah Kang