As travelers, we risk experiencing a country from only two perspectives: we tend to romanticize the mundane, or with all the dazzling things to see, we take for granted the everyday nuances of the country we visit.
In this photo installation, Insuk Ko turns that paradigm upside down, by honoring every day life in South Korea.
Even if your life wasn’t great enough to remain in the history, or inspirable many others, our trivial round of daily life is valuable. Every moment of arguing, loving, languid, exciting is also part of our present and we truly living in the moment. Therefore, we should commemorate our every single second. Furthermore, with this show, I would like to reduce feeling of awestruck, heterogeneous regarding general meaning of commemoration.
Public intervention in Tonguidong, Seoul 2006
Life in Tonguidong is nothing special compare with neighboring Korean presidential house, Kyongbok palace, and a great soldier statue standing right at the middle of Kwangwhamun intersection.The small and slow developing Tonguidong faces great public authority, propaganda and uncountable surveillance guards. However, silence and anonymous lives in Tonguidong are also valuable to commemorate like somebody who passing this area with giant gesture.