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In 2007, siren eun young jung began to photograph the doors that obscure the impossibly narrow passageways between nightclub buildings in the small city of Dongducheon, South Korea. Pictured with partial views of their garish neighbors’ facades, these flimsy wood or metal gates represent a threshold between the city, overrun with US military complexes, and the cheaply rented homes of so-called unregistered club sisters: sex workers who are ineligible to receive government benefits or legal status, despite the essential nature of their labor for the industry.

When jung showed this series, “Narrow Sorrow” (2007–09), at New York’s New Museum in 2008, she pasted the images of the thresholds on the walls, in

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