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Ji Yeo

In her series Beauty Recovery Room Ji Yeo uses the wounded faces and bodies of women who recently undergone plastic surgery to show the physical cost of adhering to social pressure in South Korea.

South Korean photographer Ji Yeo’s works explores ideas of beauty in contemporary culture through photographic, performance, and time-based projects. In her current project she investigates how women in our culture come to define and enforce an ideal of beauty on themselves. Her photographic series Beauty Recovery Room depicts the wounded faces and bodies of women who have recently undergone plastic surgery. The photos were taken directly after their operation, while they were resting and waiting to be healed. With her series, Ji Yeo wants to show the physical cost of adhering to social pressure in Korea.

– Plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture, often regarded as a integral step in the self improvement process, says Ji Yeo. Going under the knife, enduring bruises, scars, and being under general anesthetic several times are no longer considered risky or extravagant.

See photos from Ji Yeo’s series Beauty Recovery Room above.