11 - 25 January 2024, Monday - Friday, 12 - 5pm

Location: School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University

Event Type: In-person

Price: Free, booking essential for 18 January Q&A


We’re pleased to co-present a film screening with esea contemporary at the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The screening will take place in the SODA Cinema on the ground floor, showcasing artist Jane Jin Kaisen’s 2019 film Community of Parting (72’13”) from 11 January – 25 January 2024.

Community of Parting traces a different approach to borders, translation, and aesthetic mediation by invoking the ancient shamanic myth of the Abandoned Princess Bari and engaging female Korean shamanism as an ethics and aesthetics of memory and mutual recognition across time and space.

Rooted in oral storytelling and embodied by female shamans, the myth about Bari and her abandonment at birth for being born a girl has been mainly understood as a story of filial piety. However, Kaisen frames the myth as an initial story of gender transgression that transcends division logics but has the experience of othering and loss at its core. According to the myth, Bari regains the community’s acceptance after reviving the dead and is offered half the Kingdom. Yet, the heroine refuses to abide by human borders and chooses instead to become the goddess who mediates at the threshold of the living and the dead. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to view the film in a continuous loop, starting every 1.5 hours on Monday to Friday, between 12pm – 5pm. Entry is free.

On 18 January, join the artist in the Cinema Space for a screening followed by a Q&A session. The event is free but booking is essential.