“Motherland” by Photographer Janice Chung

sequence by Uncommon York Metropolis-basically principally primarily based photographer Janice Chung. “Motherland” is an on-going photographic plod that at present accommodates three separate journeys to Korea: the primary in 2014 when a 22 year-archaic Chung met her maternal household for the primary time, a return focus on with in 2017, and an unplanned outing in 2019 after the surprising passing of her grandfather. Chung’s mom accompanied her at any time when as they stayed on the home of her mom’s of us for about one to 2 months each focus on with. Whereas exploring diverse cities in the way forward for the nation for the primary time collectively, Chung’s mom immigrated to America on the age of 26 so many sides of their shared experiences would strike Chung in a very completely different design. As she explains:

“For my mom, heaps of those scenes had been met with a sense of familiarity as she recognized the sights, sounds, and flavors from her childhood rising up in Seoul. Nonetheless for me, the experiences had been latest. Whereas my ear recognized the language, and the scenes and meals had been harking help to Uncommon York Metropolis’s consider KoreaTown, all of the items within the nation was once an intensified mannequin of the boring and desaturated Korean neighborhoods in America. The nation felt so terminate to dwelling however concurrently so irregular.

It is through this rhythm and chaos that I chanced on myself imagining Korea as if it had been my connect of delivery. Drawing from the vibrancy of the scenes displayed prior to me, I share collectively an idea of dwelling in an try to retain tighter to a connect that was once as quickly as a some distance-off memory for my mom and an altogether overseas connect for me. By this photographic plod, I am discovering my motherland through my lens as a Korean diasporic lady, reclaiming a connect that was once unknown to me, and yearning for a connection to my ancestral dwelling.”

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