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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.

 

Plan

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?

etc.

 images from http://archive.hansik.org/hansik/yonbian/overview/

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.

 

Research Concept for the Exhibition

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.

  1. Experience as the Joseonjok’s perspective by working temporary jobs to realise their life status
  2. Tottenham Court Road in London was the former Korean town in which site-specific works can be explored
  3. Regarding Joseonjok as a homogeneous race or independent community which is different with Chinese and Koreans in London
  4. Learning Joseonjok recipe and distribute their food to the public
  5. Using Korean Restaurants’ a bathroom, wall, table etc. to exhibit each work

 

What is the Beyond the Borders exhibition?

The exhibition ‘Beyond the Borders’ intends to interact with an undocumented minority group- based in or -oriented project in Metropolitan city London. The 21st Century’s borderless nations have shifted the conception and lives of the world population which has resulted in ambiguous identities and unsettling difficulties determining mulptiple origination cultures. To understand something of this ambiguity, artistic collaborations in neighbourhoods can reveal invisible phenomena. The most important aspect of ‘Beyond the Borders’ is its reversal of power relations. To understand something of this ambiguity, artistic collaborations in neighbourhoods can reveal invisible phenomena.

The most important aspect of Beyond the borders‘ ‘ is its reversal of power relations. As an initial project, Joseonjok who areis ethnographically between Chinese and Korean immigrantstes in the UK will be examinedled to beyond most assumptions and preconceptions of the viewing audience.ple brought to it. For this, none of the artists in this project is known as an artwork maker, but, all should be known for being superior collaborators. Beyond the Borders The artist Jina Lee considers the border as a form of social activity and cultural production, which needs to be deconstructed. Her map-drawings examine the role of cartography as an analytical and critical methodology and reinterpret Joseonjok’s social status.

The curator Boram Jang will provide the recovery time to redefine their identity between Mainland Chinese and Korean by searching for their ancestors. The artist Sujeong Paik represents the human imperfection by means of blurring the faces and drawing the movement of people. In this project, she will draw a portrait to describe Joseonjok’s instability. The artist Pei-Fen Lee questions how the city image can influence the place in terms of creating an economic impact. By doing so, she will take photography of New Malden and explore the impact images have in a real place. As an initial project, Joseonjok who are ethnographically between Mainland Chinese and Korean immigrants in the UK will be examined to beyond most assumptions and preconceptions of the viewing audience. The project will proceed from March to June and the outcomes will be exhibited in August at the Crypt Gallery for three weeks in 2017. For this, none of the artists in this project is known as an artwork maker, but all should be known for being superior collaborators. The next project will searching for other ambiguous minority communities in London. The artist Shao-Jie Lin attempts to re-visualise anthropological and geopolitical facts by means of imaginative sensibility. The new ways in which border, mobility, equality and justice manifest themselves will be explored. He will produce a video which connects Joseonjok’s diasporic sphere across the world together via Google Street View. The artist Youjung Lee and Jinseon kim will produce a promotion video which shows the prejudice against the minority group Joseonjok.