Collaborative Proposal: Taste of Joseonjok

I suggest to trace Joseonjok’s hidden marks (especially their food) in New Malden. As some might know, realistically, it would be hard to meet and interview Joseonjok people in short time. Yet, it doesn’t mean we can’t investigate them. Through third people, including South Koreans, Chinese, even British and Joseonjok (if there is chance) who live in New Malden, we could get indirect yet more objective facts about Joseonjok people living in UK. Gathering information through interviews and written researches, each of artists could make creative work or make a collaborative project together.


‘Tracing Joseonjok’s food in UK’

Through interviews with Joseonjok interviewees, I realised that when Joseonjok people first came to UK, they had to spend many hours to ‘cook like South Koreans’, to have a job at Korean restaurants. Treated as if Joseonjok foods are cooked in a ‘wrong’ way, and regarded as ‘unsavory’ from their South Korean employers.

Using ‘local (near New Malden London) ingredients’, I would like to make a Joseonjok food that tastes most likely as home-food. They vividly do have food that is not Korean, but not Chinese. However, mostly working for Koreans in the UK, they don’t get a chance to cook their own food but in Korean style. However, once again, it is not about which is better or not, but the preference of tastes due to majority of people. The whole process such as the process of finding similar ingredients in UK (we might have to gather herbs from the parks), the actual cooking activity, reflection on Joseonjok for similarity, etc., could all become an artwork as whole, achieving and documenting through artists’ own way.



May Interview: Gather information from Joseonjok 

ex) What was/is their daily food in China?

What would be the major difference between Chinese/ Korean/ Joseonjok food?

Any suggestions for us to make using local ingredients?


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June Cooking and reflection

With gathered information, I suggest to select one or two dishes. (from my research so far, Mandu ‘dimpling’  can be a good option)

Experiment actual cookings.

Receive feedbacks from Joseonjok.

July Selling our foods at Korean Restaurants in New Malden

August Opening Reception 

As a ‘performance’, we could serve the foods we made at the opening reception.


Through the process, each of artists could also make their individual works, such as, drawings, video works, sound works, paintings, photographies etc.


The Third Meeting (23,04/2017)

The third meeting was the most productive to check all the artists’ work proposals and share further artistic activities with Josenjok community.

  1. Acutal starting activity for learning Joseonjok’s food recipe (May and June)
  2. Maintaing Academic Reading Group series in New Malden (May and June)
  3. Confirmed the final exhibition dates: 3th for the opening and 4th and 5th 2017
  4. Radio Broadcasting to advertisement in Korean to New Malden residence (27th 04/2017 at 8pm)
  5. Scheduling in detail for the publication deadline (Exhibition Poster deadline- 30th 06/2017) Catalogue deadline- 8th 07/2017)
  6. Further Things to do: confirmation with Korean restaurants to exhibit artworks/ Adverstisement in Reading Group and selecting academic paper about Joseonjok community/ Meeting and learning Joseonjok’s food recipe.

Third meeting photo

The First Meeting Updates (11,03/2017)

Beyond the Borders Exhibition Space (all methodologies can be proceeded simultaneously)

  • 1. Joseonjok food distribution by a food truck or Korean restaurants
  • 2. Using Korean Restaurants’ a bathroom, wall, table etc. to exhibit works
  • 3. Reserving Public Parks in London
  • 4. Reserving an Exhibition Space (White Cube): waiting for the responses from CassArt Kingston(free), Candid Trust (Euston) and Crypt Gallery (Euston)
  • 5. A guerrilla Pub Meeting
  • 6. Tottenham court road in London was the former Korean town in which site-specific works can be explored
  • Contacting with Drawing Room

The Second Meeting updates (31,03/2017)

Partnership with the UAL Curation Society and SU Arts for the promotion and future lecture series

What has Boram’s done

  1. Korean institutions’ possible promotion(the Embassy of the Rebublic of Korea in UK and Korean Cultural Centre UK) and further funding opportunities 
  2. Joseonjok Community reach out by putting leaflets in New Malden and personal connection
  3. Korean Restaurant artwork installation: confirmed with some restaurants for installation  See example: (they put African artwork as a partnership)
  4. Final Exhibition dates setting from August 3th to 4th (2days) Reservation
  5. Ira’s personal archive and history, regarding to Korean diaspora 

Further Things to do:  Actual Meeting or indirect research about Joseonjok community (food recipe, working exchange etc.) 

The interview with Irina Ogay who is the Goryuin (The name which ethnic Koreans in the post-Soviet states use to refer to themselves)

Exhibition Proposal, SuJeong Paik

 Since I and we don’t know exact size of our exhibition space, and how we will going to show it whether altogether or separately with individual space, I couldn’t really concrete my idea yet. However, there are some ideas.

 In Korea, we also have some specific places that ethnic groups/communities live in. As to Joseonjok people, they usually build their communities in area such as Daerim-dong and Guro-dong in Seoul, and China-town in Incheon. So-called ‘Joseonjok’ people in South Korea are ethnic Koreans living in China, and Korean immigrants who moved to and settled in China, Russia, and their adjoining areas in the early 20th century. Even though we departed from same ancestors a century ago, there is a glass wall in between for several reasons (historical background, cultural differences, a prejudice from several cases). Still invisible border exists. In this project, I am thinking to meet them personally on the places where they live in. And paint their portraits on the transparent material. I am planning to make them as many as possible and install them in layers from the ceiling on the eye-level. Documentations might be exhibited together as well. And planning to make some installation pieces/sculptures with immigration bags. (3 to 4) either paint the surface or cover it with fabrics/textiles. I will upload it with more details later on.