Bikini Words – Korea vocabulary in the 1970s and 80s


Factory life during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s meant tight communal living quarters and a drastic shift in cultural norms for the millions of factory workers that fed the country’s growth. A new vocabulary evolved amongst these workers to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

Seoul based German cinematographer & photographer Nils Clauss focused on this linguistic development in his new work by choosing 8 words for a cinematic journey through South Korea’s vanishing spatial past.


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