Truth Leem


Truth Leem

City of Lost Homes


Leem's family first began to break apart when they were forced to move out by government urban planning in 1997. They relocated four more times for the same reasons; their home was never really stable. This is not a unique experience for Korean families and has become a big issue in Korean society. Politicians assure societies that the urban landscape must be continuously rebuilt to fit modern needs and demands, but as a result, it damages homes, memories, the sense of place and historical context. What is home? And how does the notion survive perpetual destruction and reconstruction? How much does the instability of home affect individual and societal psychology? The project mixes personal, political, and architectural narratives with various techniques simulating the layers-upon-layers of the Korean urban landscape. Reprinting, scanning and intervening physically as a never-ending rebuilding process. 


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