Bang Geul Han 한방글 artist

han.banggeul[at]gmail.com


2020

Ø (Island)

Virtual reality, infinite duration

This virtual reality artwork lets viewers walk around a landscape dotted with birdcages. Within this environment, hundreds of alphabetical letters flock and fly through the air. As they fly near the viewer, the sounds of the phonemes corresponding to each letter become audible. When approaching a specific birdcage, some of the letters begin to cluster, forming a paragraph. Each paragraph features sworn declarations made by migrant children detained and separated from their parents or guardians, outlining their treatment and experiences. These declarations were filed as part of the class action lawsuit Flores v Barr, which contested child separation and detention practices under the Trump administration. In all, the work excerpts around 700 stories from over 200 declarations, functioning as an immersive public archive for the stories of these migrant children.


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