We plan to conduct this project around May to June.
This artwork depict the relation between actual territory and recognized territory. Korean and international students draw their country map without watching actual maps. It shows how the actual borders are related with cognitive border.
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.
*Title: Joseonjok’s planet (Inspired by the Little Prince exploring different planets and using this to
compare their life in England as one ‘planet’)
*Subtitle: Unable to belong somewhere but is existent anywhere
*Form of work: Video
*Genre: An omniverse set up with a few short episodes
*How it is exhibited: A beam projector showing the video on a white all (Using two beam projectors
to project two different videos face to face) see attached video file
*Equipment: Leica Q
The people of Joseon around the world unable to land in the same place all move to a different
region risking themselves by investing their own time and money for a better life. This video will be
produced with the focus on the people of Joseon who are living in New Malden, England. South
Koreans, North Korean and the people of Joseon live in New Malden. The people of Joseon live
closely with the Korean society to the point where it is difficult for Korean restaurants to function
without the presence of the Joseon people in New Malden. The majority of them are currently living
with an illegal status in England and due to this, they are being persecuted and become confused
about their identity. When the word ‘Joseon people’ is brought up, there is a solid superlative that
comes up together. However, they overcome these superlatives and live their own lives and these
people, not only in England have their own planet containing their very own networks. They are
unable to fit in anywhere as their live in a foreign country but on the contrary, they are beings that
The main goal of my video is to express in a dreamy way the people of Joseon speaking naturally
in Korean that they are Chinese, their confusing identity and showcasing their livestyle in New
Malden as they create their own planet.
*Synopsis: (The contents and scenes could change later on)
#1. New Malden
Panorama of New Malden or the narrow paths, shadows of people
#2. Their voice
Only the voices of the people of Joseon speaking in Korean are heard
#3. The goal of life
Only filming the eyes of the people of Joseon
#4. Existence like air
Carefully filming in consideration of the people who don’t want to expose their face and identity
ex) Using a mirror to film the refection of their lifestyle and work / Action pans made by editing the
filmed materials / Videos giving a vibe of secret filming
#5. Joseonjok’s planet
Narrarion: I am not Chinese nor Korean. I am an existence that exists anywhere.
Beyond the Borders aims to interact with an undocumented minority group- based or -oriented project in Metropolitan city London. The 21st Century’s borderless nations have shifted conception and lives of the world population that has resulted in ambiguous identities and origination. To understand something of this ambiguity, artistic collaborations in neighbourhoods can reveal invisible phenomena. One of them, Joseonjok who is ethnographically not only in between Chinese and Korean, but South and North Koreans migrate in the all over the world will be led to beyond most assumptions and preconceptions people brought to it.
The most important aim of this exhibition is its reversal of power relations. Reconsidering Joseonjok as a homogeneous group or independent community as Chinese and Koreans will be worthwhile. In line with counter power, artists make art for everyday life that would reach a wide audience in awareness of Joseonjok community. Let us try to visiting Korean restaurants in which one of artworks is exhibited and enjoying Josenjok’s traditional food in a truck in conjunction with this final exhibition.
- Experience as the Joseonjok’s perspective by working temporary jobs to realise their life status
- Tottenham Court Road in London was the former Korean town in which site-specific works can be explored
- Regarding Joseonjok as a homogeneous race or independent community which is different with Chinese and Koreans in London
- Learning Joseonjok recipe and distribute their food to the public
- Using Korean Restaurants’ a bathroom, wall, table etc. to exhibit each work
As an artist-cartographer, my practice-based research aims to deconstruct the notion of territorial borders by drawing ‘new maps’. Through studying Critical Cartography, I consider the border as a form of social activity, political action and cultural production, which helps me to envisage the making of ‘new maps’. Map-drawings examine how particular social, political and cultural movements can be referenced in order to analyse and understand the existing borders on a map, and how such movements have implications for cartographic practice. It is to re-examine the role of drawing in maps as an analytical/creative language in order to test out and develop mapmaking.
In this exhibition, I would like to show my PhD research outcome, ‘Map Different Me’ series.
Considering drawing especially in terms of mapping, which is explored here through engagement with the Joseonjok people in New Malden, London, currently, I am running a map-drawing project on Joseonjok, which I named the project ‘Map Different Me’. Joseonjok are ethnic group who can be seen as border-crosser, are originally Korean but politically Chinese; an ethnic group mostly living in the northeastern provinces of China. Northeast China and North Korea are therefore shared by the same diaspora ethnicity, regardless of political border. Due to short working spaces in their homeland, many of them leave their families behind and choose to live abroad working for Koreans. It is mainly because they can only speak Korean language. Those who reside in London are normally based in Wimbledon and New Malden, where many Koreans live in London. Seen as a collaborative and site-specific work with Joseonjok immigrants, the inclusion of of Joseonjok in London reflects the need for a map that asks not just where they are but where do they fit in the London landscape. It is a life-map that shows their journeys that the ‘ordinary’ map cannot integrate. Consequently, my drawings reflect upon site-specific and ethnographic research amongst Joseonjok and their surroundings such as socio-economical, political and physical status in Greater London.
Within this context, the project assumes that drawing is always process-led, and that this allows for ways of seeing and understanding that can be incorporated into the practice of critical cartography. It thus aims to explore the relationship between drawing as a process-led practice and critical cartography and, by so doing, investigates how critical cartography makes use of drawing to collect, represent and reinterpret findings. Locating this research within an interdisciplinary framework, these ideas are designed to reflect upon the potential of drawing in bringing together the disciplines of critical cartography and creative drawing practice in this research, thereby re-imagining drawing as a discipline that can contribute new knowledge by embodying the theoretical and methodological approaches of both disciplines.