Jung-Ah Kim: Story of modam
Posted: Mar 22nd, 2023 | Gathering

Story of Modam that you see below is an artistic response by Jung-Ah Kim that explores a brief history of modam, a traditional Korean woolen carpet. The stop motion animation features a paper-cut puppet of Jingnyeo, the weaver girl from famous folk tales across East Asia, and a small-scale tapestry weaving on a small frame loom. The video features a kilim or modam [T87.0355] from Korea. 


Below is the image of the kilim or modam that inspired Jung-Ah to create her response. Learn more about this piece in our online collection by clicking on the live link below.

Kilim or Modam [T87.0355]
Asia: East Asia, Korea, 1870 – 1930
Gift of Fred Braida to the Textile Museum of Canada

Jung-Ah Kim is a documentary filmmaker from South Korea interested in experimenting with the material conditions of both digital and handcrafted media to make images move. Since she came to Canada in 2021, Kim became deeply interested in fibre practices such as weaving and spinning and became involved with the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners and participated in oral history projects with them.  

Kim explores the relationship between weaving and the early history of computing in her Ph.D. degree in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies at Queen’s University. Drawing on material conditions and processes of textile and early computer media, Kim aims to develop a system of non-narrative filmmaking practice. 

This work is created as part of Gathering, the inaugural installation of our new Collection Gallery, featuring community stories told through our global collection. Grounded in community participation, the installation presents over 40 pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 objects from around the world. Choices of objects, responses, and retellings were gathered via open online calls for reflection, through partnerships with local organizations, and through artists’ interventions. Gathering explores themes related to migration and diaspora, the search for comfort in the domestic and familial, reclamation of ancestral traditions through contemporary artistic responses, and the relationship between textiles and the environment. 

This video is part of a digital project generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now initiative.

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