Photographs by Eric Jong
Exhibition title: Between You and I
Between You and I, KINGS Artist-Run-Initiative, Australia, Melbourne 2018.
Press release / description of exhibition:
Between You and I investigates how our perception of the world is coloured by the cultural conditions in which we are situated.
As a child I remember making glasses with red and blue cellophane. The world that I saw through these lenses was tinted and glitched across a spectrum of red, purple and blue. Years later, moving to different countries and meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds I realized that my vision was limited to, and coloured by, the traditional Korean values and language.
The Korean characters, ‘Hangul’, was invented by King Sejong and his scholars in 1443 – 1444 to correspond to the Korean speech (as we had previously been using Chinese characters) and for all people in the country to easily learn these 28 characters for their use. However, the Korean culture and values have been constructed around Korean speech and characters, and often I have found ‘Hangul’ almost impossible to translate to allow me to learn other cultures and their values. By scratching around the renderings of ‘세종어제훈민정음 Sejongeojae Hunminjeongeum’ (King Sejong’s establishment writing of ‘Hangul’), I hope to illustrate the altered and obscured state of my Korean cultural lens.
Through the globalization and increased connectivity, we are exposed to other cultures These alternative perspectives impact our own, scratching surface of our tinted lenses creating openings. Through these openings, we eventually unravel, blend and transform our own identities.
Between You and I (2017), Scratched cellophane, aluminum strip, double sided tape, and fishing wire, sizes variable.
Through the lines, I see you; em ta evaw uoY dnA (2017), Scratched cellophane, double sided tape and mounting tape on Perspex frame, 35cm x 27cm x 5cm.
Empty lines (2017), Scratched cellophane, double sided tape and mounting tape on Perspex frame, 35cm x 27cm x 5cm.