New exhibition in Singapore focuses on Korea’s brave women divers

Gabriel Choo
Photo: Hanyeo Exhibition by Jose Jeuland

In South Korea’s Jeju Island lives a community of women divers who scour the ocean bed for sea creatures such as abalone, conch and octopus.

These women, known as the Hanyeo, would dive into the water without any breathing equipment, wearing only wetsuits, flippers and goggles. The origins of this semi-matriarchal community can be traced all the way back to the 17th century, when the diving profession in South Korea became predominantly female.

Photo: Hanyeo Exhibition by Jose Jeuland

Singapore-based French photographer Jose Jeuland has spent a period of time on the shores of Jeju Island capturing the hardships and determination of these women through his camera lens.

The 35-year-old, who has been living in Singapore for two years, will be holding his first photography exhibition dedicated to the Hanyeo, which was inscribed into UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December 2016.

Singapore-based French photographer Jose Jeuland. (COCO PR & Communications)

The Hanyeo Exhibition by Jose Jeuland will take place from 28 October to 23 November at the Fullerton Hotel.

The exhibition is supported by Epson Singapore, the Korean Tourism Organisation, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and video agency Sproud Private Limited. Admission is free.

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