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Beauty in Her Own Words: Salon Stories from Woodside, Queens

Meet Sukjong Hong, 2014 Create Change Commissioned Artist! Sukjong Hong is a New York-based artist working in drawing, printmaking, oral history, text, and collaborative projects. She was a 2013 Create Change Fellow with the Laundromat Project, culminating in the project Renters’ Archive which examined the life of the renter. For her project Beauty in Her Own Words, Sukjong hopes to create bridges between new residents and established residents through visual art and storytelling in a beauty salon in Woodside, Queens. Inspired by the stories of immigrant women, Hong will interview customers and neighbors and offer visual art and writing workshops to create magazine ‘spreads’ about each woman who has shared her story. The project will culminate in a launch party for the magazine that will highlight the stories documented as well as the limited idea of society’s standards of beauty.

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