THE DUTCH CREATED THE NETHERLANDS CREATED BY A KOREAN, 2022
film, LED light, plastics
As I define myself as a microscopic ambassador of diasporic living, I am eager to explore the analogous and drastically different experiences in my life between the Netherlands and South Korea. It becomes a kind of ritual for my drifting identity to adapt to new settlements by breaking the dichotomy between the self and others. Through admiration and satirization of both cultures, I seek to create collaged monuments that interrogate these two societies by playing around entrenched stereotypes about both of them. These works visualize the pseudo-Dutch landscape, with elements of South Korea slipping in. These pieces present two different topics: “The sun, moon and a peak: the high density of population within limited space” and “Respect our +++ workers: the night view.” Both are subtle connotations of my cultural fragments that are partly interwoven.
“The sun, moon and a peak” is the collage works containing many social and cultural connotations such as mountain, apartments, North Korea’s hotel and Korean traditional symbolic painting.
“Respect our +++ workers” is the collage works containing different connotaions such as red light district, and Korean neon red cross in the cities, and historic red light district in South Korea.
photo by Pierre Castignola