About the Project
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.
ABOUT THE 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. She was a 2012-2013 Open City fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, writing creative non-fiction and creating drawings for opencitymag.com. She was exhibited in Still Present Pasts, an exhibit drawn from oral histories of Korean War survivors that traveled to 11 museums. She was awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center and a Keyholder Fellowship at the Lower East Side Printshop. She was recently awarded a Queens Council of the Arts grant for her work with an oral history collective of artists.
More events TBA soon!
July 19 & 26, 12–4 PM
Beauty in Her Own Words Art Workshops at Kim’s Hair Salon (52-21 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside)
August 15, 5–7 PM
Beauty in Her Own Words at Queens Pride House (76-11 37th Ave #206, Jackson Heights, NY 11372)
Sept 12 & Oct. 10, 5–7 PM
Beauty in Her Own Words at Woodside Public Library (54-22 Skillman Avenue Woodside, NY 11377)