Haji Oh is a Zainichi Korean artist, born and raised in Japan, now living and working in Wollongong, NSW. An accomplished international textile and fibre artist, Oh utilises the techniques of weaving, dyeing, tying, and stitching to shed light on the untold stories of people whose lives have touched hers.
In addition to textiles, Oh includes photography, text, and sound in her installations in order to give expression to the silent memories of women and unnamed individuals. Oh collects memories through community workshops and dialogue and develops them in her practice to explore the effects of ‘post-memory’.
Since 2017, Oh has engaged in a series titled the ‘Grand-Mother Island Project’, in which she attempts to trace the trajectories of people who have crossed the seas between Australia, Japan, and South Korea, focusing on individual narratives that are interwoven with history.
Oh’s recent exhibitions include KANTEN:観展 The Limits of History, apexart, New York 2023; Roppongi Crossing: Coming & Going, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2022-23; TEXTURE, Canberra Contemporary Art Space 2023; Publicness of the Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Japan 2019-2020; Memories in Weaving, Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art, Japan 2019; Kanazawa: Altering Home, Neighborhoods in Kanazawa City; and Wearing Memory, University of Wollongong, 2015.