Bora Kneeling (Narcissism), 2006
Brooklyn, New York
When Koreans immigrate to the United States, they recreate what they know, a sense of home. They eat the same food they did in Korea, but it never tastes the same. They reconstruct familiar notions of space within the context of a foreign environment. This leads to alienation and nostalgia. “Koreatown” is a project in which I document the lives of immigrants living in the United States. Through careful compositions of my subjects, I blend them into their environments, playing with the notions of adaptation and assimilation. I reveal a new idea of space, incorporating in my images the paradox of closeness and isolation.
Arin’s Website: www.arinyoon.com