<Legally Alienated>, 2019


ㅡ exhibited in Praxis Art Gallery, MN, USA

ㅡ featured in PAPER Magazine

ㅡ pictures taken in


Busan, Korea
Seoul, Korea
Lake Louise, Canada
New Haven, CT, USA
Atlanta, GA, USA

Johns Creek, GA, USA

I left home 16 years ago. I came to America alone.


I did not speak what everyone spoke. I knew no one. People in the small town noticed me by my color. Koreans born and raised in America thought I was too ‘Korean’. People back home thought I was too ‘American’. I was not one of them. I was not one of my own either.

The physical and emotional distance between two homes never resolved. However, learning to cope with a sense of alienation enabled me to see others undergo their own.

The eclectic black and white photographs in <Legally Alienated> reflect such emotions. The seemingly not connected objects and people, as metaphors and as first-hand testimonies, portray the alienated in different spaces. This body of work is part of the 'Poem-ography' series, in which both poetry and photography are realized in one medium. The loose strings between the images invite viewers to imagine their own context of alienation. Despite disparity, true subject of the series reach the struggles experienced as the solitary; the departed; the vulnerable; and the deviated from and within.
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