Min Park—Creative, Learner
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Away from the idea of singularity and opposition, our work comprehends how we discover the present within the past and realize the past within the present. We study how our histories, not necessarily linear, directional, or unitary, relate to other Beings of the present, past, and future.

Introduction, Min Park, 2021

Introduction


This project started in March of 2020. Though at various intensities and places, the past year has uprooted us all—from cities, people, and values. These changes prompt questions surrounding what we are used to calling “normal,” and necessitate a new normal. How or where do we start such a change when our understanding of the past, present, and future is unsettled? Where do we re-root ourselves?

Throughout this project, we contemplate how the archive is used to understand history; how it is constantly rebuilding upon the continuum of time, and yet providing us a sense of home, of being rooted, and of belonging. The concept of the archive itself has opened to various possibilities with digitization in recent years, and in the same way, the notion of the archive as we worked through this project has changed tremendously. Our understanding of the archive has shifted from an objective, static, and almost monumental material space of recounting to a dynamic and subjective action of reworking and remembering.

Away from the idea of singularity and opposition, our work comprehends how we discover the present within the past and realize the past within the present. We study how our histories, not necessarily linear, directional, or unitary, relate to other Beings of the present, past, and future. Some works are a direct reflection of these new circumstances: an earnest recollection of values, culture, places, and people we identify as home, and the changes we experience in the way we define home. Others lean into the uncomfortable places we reside in but cannot call home. We meditate on how we are connected—through time and space, through language, and through translation, between languages and mediums.

Indian scripture Ashtavakra Gita writes, “In me, the shoreless ocean, let the waves of the universe rise and fall as they will. I am neither enhanced nor diminished.” Project Archive paints the ocean which we share. Up close, these waves seem to be acting independently; our waves flow, rise, sink, begin, and end. But from afar, they are constantly building upon each other, all as a part of the ocean. Though this project began with my personal desire to archive, to create a record of my story, it has developed into a shared purpose among the twenty-one of us to understand our collective history beyond our senses of self. We step away from the idea of the “I” and embrace the idea of the unity, of the collective. We embrace the idea of the reciprocity in everything we do: how to touch means to be touched, to see means to be seen, and to love means to be loved.

Walter Benjamin, in On the Concept of History asks, “Are we not touched by the same breath of air which was among that which came before?” Throughout this project, we record how our waves meet one another—or the shared breath of air. Project Archive is a place of meeting—where interlockings of inspirations and talents, of people, of time, and of similarities and differences manifest. It is our response and our offering to the world.

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A work of art is successful when there is a hint of perfection present—
at the slightest hint . . . the work is alive.
The life of the work depends upon the observer according to his own awareness of perfection and inspiration.

From Agnes Martin WritingsTranscribed and edited by Lizzie Borden, December 1972.

born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, I am a learner and a creative based in Seoul and Philadelphia. I am a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying art history with minors in cinema studies and fine arts and am currently on a gap year to dedicate my time to learning of art. I am greatly inspired by nature, especially by water, and materiality and spatial relationship in artworks. I am invested in sculptures and film at the moment, especially the works of Eva Hesse. My greatest interests lie in the intersection of art and writing. In my free time, you can find me at the farmer’s market grocery shopping, exploring with food and sharing a meal I cooked with friends and families.

Experiences

   Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania
   Current | Philadelphia, PA

   Curatorial Assistant, ICA Philadelphia
   May - August 2021 | Philadelphia, PA

   Gallery Assistant, Francis Gallery
   May - August 2019 | Bath, United Kingdom

   Editorial Assistant, Cereal Magazine
   May - August 2019 | Bath, United Kingdom
   
Full Resume available upon request.

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