Dongju Lee & Chanyoung lee
See it On Campus: Level 1Visitor Info
Next to the first floor main elevator on your right.
For this last semester of John and I’s fourth year we have decided to expand our initial project created in October of last year. This project being a heavy project to work on we both understood that it is worth showcasing towards a wider spectrum of people. Our project focuses on the Korean beauty aesthetic and the issues surrounding this topic amongst our youth. The ideal face and body in Korea is so embedded into everyone’s brain, as if it were computer generated. This almost computer generated way of thinking in Korea especially is getting worse and worse everyday. I also have experienced this myself. Previously we took a more medical approach as well as a contextual approach to this project, but we then decided to dive deeper, gather more models and more stories. We want to address the personal experiences that came from the specific culture, Korean, however, as the project progresses, we decided to reflect upon the aesthetic and strict beauty standard in the whole Asian culture. Although there is a wide spectrum of asian cultures and traditions, most asian countries understand what is called “beautiful” in a similar if not the same manner. This project talks about the social pressures within the Asian community and how discrimination plays a part in how people see themselves and how they want to be seen. With that comes plastic surgery , wanting to change one’s appearance to fit the Asian idealistic views on what is considered “beautiful”. This project was to show the severity of how Asian discriminative actions comes to play with how a person of asian descent may see and understand themselves.
P.S.* Heavy Beauty has nothing to do with prescribing plastic surgery to all the individuals in our project. It’s about how plastic surgery plays a part in the way someone can perceived and or want to be perceived due to the ongoing stress of racist and discriminative actions that are constantly portrayed onto asian communities.