Bohyun Yoon is a native South Korean who studied in Japan and U.S. His work investigates the images of the human body in terms of identity, sexuality, gender and culture, it also explores the limits of the body and the boundaries of communication.
In the Neighbors’ series, He decided to photograph people in his Philadelphian community in order to create a diverse body of portraits that exemplify young to old, woman or man, and rich to poor. This large collection of pictures were then transferred to glass plates, each face becoming a silkscreen print in monochromatic color. He divided the glass into groups within a metal structure, creating manipulated divisions of class, race, and status.
“The “room,” in this piece, represents the idea of border/structure as this simply square-structured space is a metaphor for a registrar office, hospital or institution – a place that holds the information that defines people in categories. Thus, inside the structure we have different race, background and status being defined by color and appearance. With a lamp set in the middle of this “room,” the portraits are lit within casting shadows on the background wall. The monotone colors on the glass blocks the light, and the individual panels become one continuous over-sized shadow on the wall.
I would like to reveal the meaning of who we are and what we are as neighbors to each other.” Bohyun Yoon