ㅠㅠ(yuyu)

  • 56 Pages
  • 210 X 270mm
  • Sewn Biding
  • 100 Copies
  • Cover Designed by Typehunter
  • Published by Boredroom in 2021
  • ISBN 979-11-967899-1-6
  • 28,000 KWR

Online Exhibition


Tears are sad but ᅲᅲ(yuyu) doesn’t seem that sad. The emoticon shows a sad-but-funny emotion when sadness is turned into a simple combination of Hangul characters. A pillow with traces of tears also displays such emotion. We may have gone through a tragic experience when we had to bury our faces in a pillow and cry, but the traces left on the pillow may not seem so tragic. It may even seem cute and make us laugh. The tears here no longer indicate biting sadness, but just 

a trace of a sad incident. The text of sadness suddenly becomes something rather funny. The ᅲᅲ captures the changing moment of sadness. We at last set ourselves free from sad emotions when we see these stains left on our pillows. Crying becomes a laughable action and grave sorrow gets interrupted. Seeing the cute little tearstains and imagining ourselves crying make us feel sorry of ourselves than sad. Children drawing pictures on the 壬壬 don’t take sadness seriously even more. The stains once again lose the weight of sorrow as they are rearranged by the little artists. The metaphor of the pillow gets waned and disregarded. When the ᅲᅲ intended to capture the moment of tears fading away, the young creators volatilize the stains. For them, tears are nothing more than tears. They place their drawings on a new level, keeping distance with compassion and humor. These drawings interfering the dichotomized way of appreciating the artworks – laughter and tears – increase the gaps between the pillow and tears, and the pillow and laughter, like the law of perspective. Like the ᅲᅲ which decontextualizes sadness, and like the children who focuses on their artwork than the tearstains, there is no set way of appreciating the exhibition. If you wish to experience the misinterpretation of sadness, I highly recommend you to visit and view these desultory but sincere products of tears. 

(Independent Curator Yeowool Yoon, Translated by Jisoo Han)


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