sharon heit, 31
this is an unused portrait from an ongoing project i recently started (link and description below). if you’d like to get involved please feel free to contact me. schedule permitting, i hope to make weekly updates.
"Other Koreans" seeks to document - if only in fragments - the diverse spectrum of peoples who live in South Korea and who identify as Korean in some way but whose life experiences and personal narratives do not fit comfortably into the national mythos and popular construct of "Koreanness." This project challenges the dominant notion that Korea is, always has been, and always will be a mono-cultural society.
These portraits situate the subject in a space xe* feels represents something significant to hirs personal journey and growing self-knowledge.
Each portrait is accompanied by a short testimony that includes the subject’s name, age, and a description of the space and its significance to the subject.
The “Other Koreans” project makes no attempt to build an objective and definitive catalog of “Koreanness.” In that spirit, “Other Koreans” extends beyond the notion of diaspora as questions of (un)belonging must always be considered from within - both within the borders of that thing we call the nation as well as the boundaries of the flesh.
This project acknowledges the limitations of self-presentation through mediums that plasticize identity. At the same time, these very limitations provide powerful frameworks through which people extend their bodies and voices and thereby actively construct (new) spaces of the self.
*”xe” is a gender neutral pronoun and “hirs” marks the gender neutral possessive pronoun.