Examination by Decontextualization. I am opening a protest in an isolated zone where no one is around. The protest includes my personal protest, historical protest and contemporary protest. By locating protest that usually have been held in city in an isolated zone, the universality of statement is confirmed. Furthermore, it can be confirmed that the concept of law, notion of ethic and idea of history has plasticity with the change of the era and location. With my work, I witness that freedom, equality, justice, human right and the dignity of human beings are a highly organized invention. We can critically assess today when we understand that ideas that are accepted now were in fact not considered to be "normal" yesterday. Common sense that we take for granted are resultant of normalization in the history of power.
A genealogic approach allows one to illustrate clearly the process of transition of abnormal concepts into normal concepts. This process can be easily found in modern and contemporary history of protest. The policy of racial and social class segregation, discrimination of gender minorities and women had been a normal concept until they became abnormal by ritual protest. So what normalization of concepts are remaining?
Critical thinking is only allowed when we understand what we take for granted should not be taken for granted, when what is considered to be natural is in fact unnatural and we live in artificial system that is built upon highly organized invention. I bring political statements or phrases of protest to a bio clean room that is isolated from the time and location of the city.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Photography, 2018
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- BFA Photography, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2015
- Khojaly Peace Prize, Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster), London, UK, 2017; Unexpected, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, UK, 2017; London Nights, Museum of London, London, UK, 2018