My work evokes nostalgia for homeland, especially a longing caused by those in power, by arbitrary borders, and inevitable migration. My parents migrated to Argentina in 1976 when South Korea was a developing country recovering from war. It is therefore unsurprising that my body of work to date has dealt with Korean migration.
Photography as a language has undoubtedly been influenced by a western tradition that favors a loud and immediate visual language over subtlety. Some cultures are quieter and less direct in the way that people express themselves, and this is reflected in the work. Quiet stories that rely on metaphor and lyricism, that show a meaning beyond superficial depictions of reality, are too often ignored. Too many marginalized young and talented photographers give up when they realize that they won't be able to support themselves financially. Publications and editors must take risks and challenge their audience in order for this change to be possible.
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