I have begun a new body of work called ‘The Korea Project’ exploring the cultural relationship between Korea and Australia and the ways in which Korean migrants establish a sense of belonging in a new country.
My intentions are two-fold in that it tells a personal story but also a common one. I was raised in Australia but my mother is Korean having migrated here with my Australian father in the early 1970s. As a Korean-Australian, I have straddled two worlds, yet in many ways, belonged to neither. I am fascinated by this tension in identity and how the merging of two cultures can shape one’s experiences and perspectives of the world.
As a photographer, I am interested in the way migrant communities adapt to new environments, particularly in western cultures and much of my work explores themes of identity, belonging and community set mostly in the context of the Australian suburbs. I strongly believe that photography can be used as a social tool to inform, educate and inspire audiences about the lives of others. With this in mind, I’m looking forward to getting out of suburbia (at least for a little while!) to travel to Korea and begin this new project. Longer term outcomes will be a full-scale travelling exhibition and a book publication.
However, with a changing editorial market, raising funds to pursue such projects is now more difficult than ever so I have decided to raise the required funds myself and supplement this with personal savings in order to ensure my objectives are achieved. To this end, I have just launched two fundraising campaigns. One via the crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo and the other via the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s (ABAF) Cultural Council. Both campaigns are aimed at raising funds to help offset associated costs such as film, processing, scanning, printing as well as the logistics involved with both photography and travel.
For more information please visit the project website: www.thekoreaproject.com.au where I will post regular updates as the project progresses. A Korean translation will soon be added to the site.
Please also take a moment to check out IndieGoGo and to share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates: http://bit.ly/hrTHhf OR if you are an Australian taxpayer you can also make a tax-deductible donation via ABAF: http://bit.ly/dOjS1f (sorry this one is a no-go if you are related to me! Why don’t you Indiegogo instead?)
If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘The Korea Project’ happen. Please don’t hesitate to forward this email on to your networks, to get in touch if you would like more information or if you wish to discuss any aspect of the project.
Here is the official blurb on the Projections for 2010. (I won last year’s 2009 competition):
Be the first to spot Australia’s next top photographer at Projections 2010, proudly presented by ACMP in Association with Sony. In November, Sydney, Melbourne Canberra and now Brisbane will host screenings of the finalists of Projections 2010 – an annual competition that is rapidly becoming a major talent-spotting event for the next generation of top photographers.
Photographers with less than 3 years’ professional experience have submitted a series of works and are vying for one of five titles: Best Editorial Photographer; Best Commercial Photographer; Best Art Photographer; People’s Choice Award; and the grand prize, Best Overall Photographer, and the new Pool Grant worth $10K to a lucky emergent photographer.
Creative directors, art directors, photographers producers and lovers of a fabulous visual feast are invited to come and have a few drinks, dive into the work in full HD screenings and meet some fresh photographic talent.
Projections is now in its 7th year, jointly presented by the Australian Commercial and Media Photographers (ACMP) and Sony. Entries in Projections are in a unique format – photographers are asked to submit a thematic series of images, rather than individual shots.
To best display the finalists work , it is shown in a full cinematic experience complete with soundtrack at the Chauvel Cinema in Sydney on November 16 and at the Astor in Melbourne on Tuesday 9th November. Canberra will host a screening at M16 Art Spaces’s new premises in Griffith on Thursday 18th November.
The photographers are competing in five categories – Best Commercial Photographer; Best Art Photographer; Best Editorial Photographer; People’s Choice Award; and the grand prize, Best Overall Photographer. As well as the new components, Sony’s make.believe competition and The Pool Grant, created by Sean Izzard and Simon Harsent.
In its first few years of existence, Projections has produced an alumni of photographers who are gaining traction in the industry, both within Australia and around the world.
Tickets for the screenings in both cities are available from www.acmp.com.au/events – and at only $30 a pop for non members and $25 for ACMP members, including drinks and nibbles, you can afford to take the plunge and dive into Projections 2010.
For more information contact Sacha Walters on 0418 264 755 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theprojections.com
Bite! Magazine is currently working on a brand new multimedia project. They would like to include as many quotes, from you, as possible on the one theme, familiar to all of us: Family.
Share your thoughts at http://www.bitemagazine.net/family-is/
Deadline is Monday night and the multimedia project will be featured on iTunes by the end of November.