In Korea, the place Luna Jungeun Lee was born and has lived for 25 years is the perfect example of an extremely modernised country. It has developed really quickly over the last 40-50 years, and the government has highlighted and pushed specific industries such as IT (Information Technology) and consumer electronics. In an attempt to improve the success of the country, people were encouraged to follow society’s standard and norms without criticizing it. Citizens were seduced by the promise and illusion of the future. They believed that it would make a perfect life and everyone would be happy.
This is only a dream of life and society. There are so many problems that the Country still can’t solve. That is why Lee tries to express the truth of society and reconsider what is reality behind the surface. The child’s portrait reflects how they are affected by social structures and how they are losing their values and existence in society by sinking to the bottom. Every object she deals with is vulnerable and easy to break, even though the surface looks hard and tough. It also suggests looking at the dualistic aspect of people’s perception in terms of making the social construction.
Through the process of absence and the phenomenon of distorting the modern age, it makes people consider the marginal space, which cannot become a centre point and continues to be ignored by society. It is going to change the values of society, even though these are small tiny facts of community and perceptions of people.
text by Luna Jungeun Lee