The Artist’s Digest featuring Hye-Ryoung Min
July 31, 2020
“The moment when I write in my diary there must be a distortion and when I reread, digest, and then make a photograph out of that memory there must be another, a second, distortion. That’s why the memory is interesting for me and also at the same time that’s why it’s cruel for us. For me, how it distorts depending on who sees and when and which situation has been taken–it’s very interesting and that’s a very important element in my work.”
How has your summer been? Summer for many people is a time for making lasting memories, long days, summer break from school, family vacations, cookouts, and simply having a moment to slow down and spend time outside, with yourself or with those close to you. With so many activities and in person socializing on hold, the respite and joys of summertime may be harder to come by. Have you found new ways to engage in your favorite past times or nurtured new interests during this time?
Hye-Ryoung’s Re-membrance of the Remembrance was developed around processes of revisiting old memories, starting with her journals. If your strictly homebound or busier than ever with the demands of life right now here are a few prompts to engage with the themes of the Hye-Ryoung’s work:
1.Spend a few minutes at the end of the day, writing in a journal, making an audio recording, writing notes in your phone, on your social media account, or gathering physical mementos, to create a diary and record your memories, things that seem both significant and trivial. You never know what may become important with the distance of time.
2.Have old journals? Take the time to reread them and reflect on how you’ve grown and your perspective on things has changed. Revisit a place you wrote about or send a note to a person who made a significant, positive impact on your life, even if you cannot send the letter.
3.Are there smells or sounds that remind you of a place, a person, a memory? Take a moment to engage your senses to awaken your memories and emotions. Smell cinnamon and think about your grandmother adding it to her coffee or stand barefoot in the driveway, listening to cicadas at sunset, just as you did at the end of a long, hot day playing outside.
Add the most recent episode of The Artist’s Digest featuring Hye-Ryoung Min to your Apple podcast queue or listen below. This is the last weekend to see her work in person at BSC (by appointment), but you can still get your hands on one of her monographs of the project.
Want to revisit the opening reception from February’s First Friday? Find photos on our Facebook page!
Also available in response to Hye-Ryoung’s work is this exhibition activity.
Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray