LOST___ (___찾습니다), 2021
I AM MILK café, Gyodong, Suwon, Korea
For the occasion of Public Art Project 도시충;동/예술충;동 in Gyodong, Suwon, Korea, I researched the history of Gyodong’s printing house district by collecting stories of the area. The old printing houses are in slow decline and I wanted to bring our attention to what is becoming invisible from our minds and history.
While working on the history of Gyodoong that I’ve never been to, I thought it was appropriate to share stories of my neighbourhood with the people of Gyodoong. From collections of street signs that I’ve been documenting since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, I’m sharing the daily lives of people in my surroundings: wanting to find their lost items (skates, dogs, cats, etc.), looking for owners of found pets, looking for the sense of lost community by posting neighbourhood gatherings, sharing their beliefs on political views, etc.
Various stories of lost items, memories, desires of personal and collective, from memory and reality are visualized through posters, videos and text in <___찾습니다/LOST ___>. Local café I AM Milk in Gyodong was the “headquarter” where people can come and view/read our stories, and share theirs. Here are a few posters that visitors left behind.