soJin CHUN_South Korea/ Canada

soJin Chun is a photo and video artist based in Toronto. Her work demonstrates narratives from diaporic positionings exploring the fluid nature of identity within a place. Through residencies at Kiosko Galeria (Bolivia), Belgrade School of Fine Arts (Serbia), and Casa das Caldeiras (Brazil), soJin created still/moving images that demonstrate manifestations of hybridity in the everyday.

Chun has a B.A. in Applied Arts from Ryerson University; a certificate from the Maine Digital Workshops; and a Masters in Communications and Culture from Ryerson/York Universities.  soJin has had exhibitions and screenings in Canada, United States, Serbia, Mexico, England, France, Argentina, Canary Islands, South Africa, Brazil and Bolivia. Currently, she is the Education Coordinator at Gallery 44.

Traffic Jam #2 Proposal

During my residency in Taiwan, I would like to explore my own and other notions of “Asianness” being an “Asian” Korean women who has lived outside of Korea or that matter Asia for most of her life.  I am intrigued about the idea to work within a small community that requires programs involving local youth and seniors.  I would love to conduct some workshops that involve folding Origami in large scale to engage with the community.  Materials needed for this is only large paper, which I can bring from Canada.  Perhaps, locals will share with me their own folding techniques that I did not know of before.

I would also like to shoot a video inspired by a new landscape of Treasure Hill that does not only include a tropical scenery but the locals who might live with limited resources under difficult circumstances.  After speaking to Nung Shinh, I realized that doing a residency at treasure hill has many social and cultural implications.  The history of this “village” is quite unique as well.  I think that being a foreigner coming into this context will require having great respect and humbleness for the community.  I would love to work on a video that portrays the gathering areas in these places where people “hang out” so to speak.  The idea that the community has a low income level also brings a philosophical and social question.  In the same vein as all of my work about “place”, I would like the opportunity to show how people in this neighbourhood might live day to day making this place their home, a place of comfort.

This project was funded by the Ontario Arts Council through the National and International Residency grant.

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