Land

“Land” is a two-part project by Hyerim Seo, following her stepfather, Kil Saeng Kim, as he builds a barn on a half-acre land that he bought with his severance pay after getting laid off from his job of 32 years…

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“Land” is a two-part project by Hyerim Seo, following her stepfather, Kil Saeng Kim, as he builds a barn on a half-acre land that he bought with his severance pay after getting laid off from his job of 32 years during the 2016 economic crisis in his hometown, Geoje, South Korea.

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Just like the other 70% of the population on the island, the 54-year-old had previously worked at the DSME Geoje headquarter, which is one of the three biggest shipbuilding companies in South Korea.

He was an engineer there for 32 years before he was laid off during an economic crisis in 2016.

The land has since been used as an okra farm as well as a storage area for a nearby resort.

In November, 2020, I followed my stepdad as he traveled to the land, which is now a place just for him and his little barn made out of old blankets, scrap wood pieces, and other materials he has gathered.

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