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Sukjong Hong – Beauty In Her Own Words: Salon Stories from Queens

Woodside, Queens

Sukjong Hong 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. The goal is that the creative work, both in writing and visual, will serve as a model for how sharing stories can build bonds and bridges in a rapidly changing neighborhood, and for getting beyond a customer-vendor relationship to something more meaningful.

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