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Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine : Oui mais non.... par Benjamin Joinau, 2006 *************
Mihee ou Nathalie ou Byol ? Lemoine ou Cho ou Kimura ? Kimura Byol ou Star Kim? Belge ou Coréenne ou Japonaise ? Art ou action ? La vie de Mihee est une série de questions alternatives qui sont probablement sans réponse. Ou peut-être cette réponse évasive qui en 2003 donnait son titre sa dixième exposition individuelle en Corée : Oui, mais non. Cette jeune femme cherche avec succès depuis des années dans sa vie et son travail à faire cohabiter pacifiquement quoique sans compromis tous ces dilèmmes. Son histoire pourrait être celle de dizaines de milliers de Coréens, de tous ces adoptés qu’elle a si vaillamment oeuvre défendre. Et les questions qui traversent son oeuvre, tout son travail avec la diaspora artistique coreenne sont un miroir ou se reflètent les defis que lancent la mondialisation et la post-modernité la Corée. Mihee, queer, artiste engagée et adoptée, qui pourrait à priori passer pour une outsider, peut tout aussi bien etre considère comme un symbole de la manière dont la Corée gré son rapport conflictuel et complexe avec le monde extérieur.
이름이 세 개다. 미희 나탈리 르므안느, 조미희, 김별.
세 개의 언어를 사용한다. 가장 잘하는 불어, 모국의 한국어, 새로 배운 영어.
라면을 마요네즈에 버무려먹고, 김치도 마요네즈에 찍어먹는다. 얼굴이 못생겼다고 흉보는 택시기사에게 아저씨는 고추도 작잖아 하고 맞장뜬다.
동거는 좋지만 결혼은 싫다. 화장하는 건 더 싫다.
게이를 좋아한다. 다른 남자들보다 훨씬 친절하고 옷 잘 입고 말도 잘 통한다.
나는 입양인, 이태원의 수많은 소수들과 어울려 사는 고국의 이방인.
내 운명과 뿌리에 대한 물음들이 나를 이 나라로 데려왔다.
당신은 나를 잊고 싶어도 내가 잊을 수 없어 찾아왔다, 그래서 미안하다.
지금 나는 55퍼센트 한국인. 내 감히 당신을 사랑해도 되겠는가? 어머니의 나라여.
Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine is a Gemini-monkey (earth) Korean-born (koreanly mothered and Japanesely fathered) French speaker Belgian multimedia artist and activist based recently in Montreal, Canada, after 13 years living back in Seoul (1993-2006). Her activist work started in 1991, when she established Euro-Korean League, the first adoptee association, in her adoptive country. Later, in April 1994, she co-founded a branch in Korea with a Swedish Korean-born adoptee, to create the first-ever adult adoptee association (EKL-Korea). When in 1997, the Belgian association changed its name to Ko-Bel, The E.K.L-Korean Branch was renamed “Korean Overseas Adoptees” (K.O.A. or “koa” means “orphan” in Korean). In 1998, along with about 6 adult adoptees (4 Europeans and 2 Americans), Lemoine co-founded and served as the first president of Global Overseas Adoptees Link (G.O.A'L). She has been a committee member of K.A.A.N. (Korean Adoptee Adoptive family Network) since 2000, and has initiated workshops on GLBT adoptees, artist adoptees, and adoptees returning to their birth-land. During her 12-year-long stay in Korea, she has helped more than 600 adoptees in their searches, and has reconnected approximately 220 so-called "impossible" cases on an independent and volunteer basis. Lemoine's artistic journey started in 1989 with her first short film Adoption, the first film created about Korean adoptees. Adoption won the First prize of the Brussels Short Film Festival. In March 1996, she organized the first adoptee artist exhibition titled West to East. Soon after, with other "diasporic" artists and scholars, Lemoine established the artist groups KameleonZ, Han Diaspora and KimLeePark Productions. Lemoine has also held 12 solo exhibits, and participated in numerous group shows nationally and internationally. In 2000, her first book was published in Korean, titled 55% Korean. Since 2001, Lemoine has collaborated with kate hers to publish the annual OKAYbook, a guidebook on Young Korean Overseas artists (including in the Korean diaspora, adoptees, 1.5 /2nd/3rd generation, mixed race). Lemoine’s other dreams are to publish an anthology on Korean adoptees writings in French, to make a "Best of" of the OKAYbook, and to concentrate on her art. Lemoine simply believes in art and social justice. After her move out of Korea for the Western World, she continues to work on art projects with Orientity and individual artists...