Text by Woo Hye Soo, Park Hyun Doo / 우혜수, 박현두
As this work title indicates, Park addresses strangers. A stranger is perhaps one from another country; or another place. Park’s work begins with the emotion he felt while studying in the United States, when he felt like a stranger. With time, this concept has expanded and encompasses the isolation in human existence and alienation within human relations.
Park Hyun-doo shows human existence within the background of contemporary society. His work presents society’s structures, and encapsulates human desire. The artificial scenes and stage sets in hiswork act as the backdrop of modern life, space for communication, arguing that we all are social beings. Park calls the figures in his work strangers. They are the members of society, and individuals, who cannot affiliate with or escape the enormous system. Humans and their surroundings in our society appear reversed in his work, which is neither landscape nor figurative photography. Humans appear overwhelmed and eroded by the environments they create for themselves. With his work, Park contemplates our existence from a macroscopic perspective, presenting an intersection of the artificial and humanistic.
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