Photography exhibition: Plexiglass
Artist: Hatnim Lee
Exhibition from 16th to 28th May 2016
Opening 16th May 2016 19h
Belgrade Design District, 1 Sprat, lokal 96
The Plexiglass Series is homage to where I come from.
My parents owned a “mom and pop liquor store” in Washington, D.C. for as long as I have been a photographer. They retired in late 2015 bringing this 15 year body of work to completion. As a child of working-class Korean immigrants, I have done my fair share in the family business–mainly, tending the till behind a wall of plexiglass, a partition built to protect us. I found the customers on the other side of the plexiglass compelling subjects to shoot. These customers tend to be from all walks of life e.g. heavy alcoholics, lottery ticket addicts, government employees, sex workers and college students as well as children who come in to buy candy. In this place I have had a close encounter with many characters and it helped me build rapport through my camera lens. With hindsight, it was a huge burden to always have to work with my family but going back to the store to take photos was always fun. It’s like having a studio but the sitters come to you and with their purchases they bring their own personal stories.
Sponsor: Vinarija Čoka & Jump Inn Hotel
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