When The Sun Is No Longer Bright
The importance of history in creating a unique identity is in that history of a record of existence. A community that does not have a record is unknown to the world, and, in official narratives, it essentially never existed. When a community has no one to represent it, it is forgotten and ultimately disappears.
I shed light on the historical consequences of the government's failed city plan and its repercussions on the lives of people living in the area today by publishing a catalog that documents the local narrative and history of the community that functions as a record as well as a remembrance for the community.
The catalog consists of prints from my two-year-long exploration of Seongnam's town. The images exhibit the changing landscape of Sinheong-dong amidst a rapid transformation, alluding to the gradual disintegration of the community and the remnants of the government's ruthless development plan. Simultaneously, this community, a poignant reminder of small towns' disintegration and bitter testimonies to a lesser-known side of the modern history of South Korea, reveals our neighbors' resiliency and their unyielding will of life that persists today.