Lilian Kim – Sajin Sajeon


Lilian Kim – Sajin Sajeon

with Diego Bontognali, Gilles Gavillet

This book is a lexicon of untranslatable Korean words that are related to my origins. Untranslatability happens when it is hard to find a one-to-one equivalence from the source language to the target language. In an effort to get closer to those meanings, I visualize the concepts through archive photographs. The reader can look at each word individually, whereas the book as a whole reveals Korean culture through the history of my family. This collection of 100 words was organized in Korean alphabetical order and came from associations, memories and introspection.