E-witness – Women and War

When looking at the role of women in history we often see women working on the background; widows, orphans, but also victims of (sexual) violence. From the rape of the Sabine women, the Korean and Indonesian ‘comfort women’, the kidnapped school girls of Boko Haram, to the IS women. But women also have been fighters and heroes; at times they might also be instrumental in perpetuating war. 

E-Witness, Women and War is a program that revisits the multifaceted role of women in war. Korean art group Art Ze-An departs from their historical perspective – the Korea war – to reflect on the painful history of the ‘comfort women’, the women exploited by the Japanese military occupation of Korea. The Dutch artists in the show focus on more recent events.

Exhibition Opening Friday, November 19th, 2018 at 18:00
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday (28th Nov, 2018) from 13:00 to 17:00

With: Min Cheolhong, Heo Eunyoung, Shim Jung-ah, Chung Kyungmi, Ha Min-su, Han SoongHun, Hwang Seonyoung, Kim Suhyang, Shin Young-Seong and Theater of Wrong Decisions.

Round table at ISS, The Hague, photo by Dana LaMonda

The program consists of an exhibition at Quartair, a Round Table at the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) on Tuesday, 20 Nov 16:00-18:00 in ISS Aula, and an Urban Safari, on Saturday 24 November – 11:00-13:00, in The Hague.

Kathleen Ferrier
Kees Biekart


With guest speakers: Dr Kees Biekart, Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Kathleen Ferrier, former member of the Dutch parliament and currently advisor to the ISS Board.