Last Days of May 136 images Created 29 Jun 2013
“Last Days of May” explores the visual relationships between abandoned dwellings, light industrial sites and inner city structures (including an abandoned and half-built theme park) in the edgelands environment surrounding the city of Chungju, located in Chungcheong province. The work was inspired by the 24hr life span of the Mayfly, which powerfully echoes the transient nature of the decay of the inner city landscape. Visual contradictions became my focal points of interest and strongly evoked the traces and memories of the local Koreans who had lived in these localities several years before, which was now being continuously erased by re-development. For instance, images of Red-crested White Crane - symbol of human life lived in noble solitude in Korean, Chinese and Japanese cultures - that I kept discovering as wallpaper, furniture motifs and table tops inside many of the abandoned buildings, evoking traces and memories of people who had lived in these localities several years before, and the abundance of abandoned sofas and chairs found littered about the landscape - symbols of interior sedentary comfort.