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Project Archive

Work: Publication
Location: Seoul, Korea
Date: 2021

An art publication created in collaboration with twenty recent grads and students. Works range from poetry and short story to paintings and film installations, all of which curated and designed into the format of the book.

Excerpt from the introduction:

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.

read more on Project Archive website.

Editorial Design: Claire Shin
Photography and Art Direction: Jina Han, Claire Shin, and Min Park

all profits were donated to G Foundation to support teens from low-income communities, specifically with menstrual products and through reproductive and sexual health education.