The Fathers in Sanctuary, 2012
Chromogenic Print, 30" x 40"
The Fathers in Sanctuary
Chromigenic Print, 30"x40"
The Fathers in Sanctuary tells a story of paternity, nuanced with experience of an
emigrant. My father returned to South Korea briefly in the summer of 2011, to visit his parents and
relatives for the first time since his departure. They only spent three nights and four days together
in 13 years, as circumstances could not allow my father to stay longer in the country.
I accompanied them through this process of reunion. Every hour was intensely charged with
release of emotion, expectation, and sense of absolution and yet each day was passing like any
other day. My interest in this series is to present weightiness of this particular experience between
the two generations of fathers in my life, as well as portraits of each man in the context of their
place of birth – psychological anchor.