2014 Artist-in-Residence Sukjong Hong created bridges between new and established residents in Woodside, Queens through visual art and storytelling in a local beauty salon. Inspired by the stories of immigrant women, Hong interviewed customers and neighbors and offered visual art and writing workshops to create magazine spreads about each participant. The project culminated in a launch party for the magazine that highlighted the stories documented and prompted discussion about societal beauty standards. The project served as a model for how sharing stories can build bonds and bridges in a rapidly changing neighborhood, and push beyond a customer-vendor relationship to something more meaningful.
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