Neighborhood Collection sheds light on phenomena around small towns in Korea through Shinheung-dong. My relationship with this community began when I moved into the studio as a residency artist in 2017. During my residency, I could have a close look at what was happening in the community. Many houses were vacant, and stores were disappearing as people moved out. The town's changing landscape reflected the issues deeply rooted in history and recent social phenomena such as gentrification.
I intend to empower the community by creating a space for the neighbors while addressing essential matters, such as the decline and disintegration of small towns. It is crucial to examine local narratives and phenomena as they are a microcosm of a much larger society. What was happening in this town is also experienced by many communities and cities across the globe. On my part, I created an installation piece that pays tribute to the community, activating the space as an engaging and empowering site of gathering.