Carving the Foundation, Seoul: July 1, 2017

Photo by Hun Pascal Park

Photo by Hun Pascal Park

Carving the Foundation, a collaborative performance with New York-based artist Jean Rim, was a reflection on the act of collaboration as a hopeful possibility to overcome collective trauma and to achieve true transformation. The site-specific performance took place inside the Corner Art Space Gallery (Seoul, Korea) which is located on the first floor of a mega plastic surgery hospital in Gangnam. Before the performance, Jean and I wrote down a words that expressed our intentions and feelings towards this piece:



상처는 이미 오래 전 아무렀을 것이라고 믿어왔다 
우리는 서로에게 자신을 맡긴체 
조심스럽게 서로를 살핀 후 
말을 건낸다, 괜찮을거라고
얼굴을 덮고 있는 이 커다란 딱지, 그 뒤엔 무엇이 있을까
서로의 먼지를, 침묵을 제거해준다. 한 곂, 한 곂 벗겨낸다
글: 나탈리 믹 (written by Natalie Mik)

We are in a building that makes symmetry on faces and bodies
We look at each other
We remove the first layer of ourselves
We support each other as we carve as many great hands before us
We seek approval from the other, concrete trust
We are something out of the ordinary
_written by Jean Rim



Images by Hun Pascal Park