Sae is a MA student at the Aesthetics and Art History-SCAPe, Kanazawa College of Art. Her study in France during 2017-18 made her keenly aware of her own hybrid identity as a Japanese woman with ancestorial roots in Korea. This has developed her research in scrutinising the normative frame of Modern Japanese Art History through the perspective of feminism, post-colonialism, and transnationalism.
Continuing the research underpinning her undergraduate thesis on the issues of Japanese Comfort Women, she is currently exploring the methodology of “intersectionality” for redressing and rewriting art history, as she establishes herself as a curator.
Her first public exhibition, “Stories The Mermaids Tell” (2021) made the multiple voices of women and transgender artists heard, and presented questions about the paternalistic and heterosexual-centred ideologies that dominate in Japan and in particular, in Kanazawa.