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Published: 08 August 2020

By Andy Ross

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Kyungah Ham at the Victoria and Albert Museum

This weekend we walked up through St James's Park and Green Park to South Kensington for our booking at the Museum.

If you are intending to go to a museum or gallery, at least here in London, now is the time to do it. With few people allowed in at a time, the chance to wander and really look at pieces is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Plus it allows the discovery of new-to-us works like this one from Kyungah Ham.

This South Korean artist creates designs which are then smuggled across the border into North Korea where they are embroidered and sent back to be assembled into larger scale works. In this piece, "Needling Whisper", the words "Big Smile" are camouflaged. The words are a North Korean motto. This embroidery is in the Korean Gallery of the ground floor. Here is an interview with the artist with more information about the process of making this piece.