Oyster Land ;The Space 69, Manseok-dong, Incheon
Refugees who clustered together after liberation from Japanese colonial rule were known to feed their families by selling oysters they harvested and built their dwellings by reclaiming the ground with oyster shells.
I come across villagers who still engage in removing oyster shells and a few materials I can obtain in this village where nothing is abandoned, no matter how insignificant it is.
The shells put in a garbage bag smeared with mud smell disagreeable but the pure white inner shells bear a resemblance with graceful, tender petals.
The vines of dreams growing in the village are representations of the traces of labor layered in its invisible land and embracing the villagers.
- November 12, 2015, At Manseok-dong, Incheon