© Youngkyu Park

This project is portraits of 101 females that I met on ‘1km’, a mobile chatting application which tells who is around by distance.

1km is the most popular chatting app in South Korea. People can look at others’ information, photos and posts. You can chat to another privately or join clubs for different group activities. You can filter out who you want to see or block if you do not want to be bothered. Throughout teens to 40's but early to mid 20’s are the most. Not like other famous social networks which tend to reflect real life and social relations, you can hide yourself and make up another identity, or be anonymous in the app if desired. Not only people talk to strangers and looking for a date, but also many let their personal feelings and stories out on 1km. 

1km는 주변에 접속한 사람들을 거리로 알려주는 모바일 채팅 애플리케이션입니다. 이런 종류의 어플리케이션을 ‘만남 어플’ 또는 ‘데이팅 앱’ 등으로 부르기도 합니다. 현실 속의 사회적 지위나 관계 가 반영되는 유명 소셜네트워크 플랫폼과 달리 1km는 사용자가 존재를 드러내지 않거나 원한다면 가상의 나를 만들 수도 있습니다. 그렇기 때문에 지극히 개인적인 사연을 나누거나 불특정 다수 사 이에 솔직한 이야기가 오가는 곳이기도 합니다. 그런 만큼 자신이 1km에 가입한 사실을 비밀로 하기도 하지만 친목 활동을 통해 다양한 취미를 공유하는 사람들도 많이 있습니다.
  
Solo Exhibition
2017 1km: Vulnerability, Space Opt. Gallery, Seoul

Press
"Photo exhibition explores human vulnerability" The Korea Times
"1km: VULNERABILITY" Neolook

"1km: VULNERABILITY - 박영규 개인전" Photobada

The artist statement and full project in PDF linked below.
Download FOR ENGLISH / FOR KOREAN

 
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1. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 108x135cm. 2015
 
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20. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 108x135cm. 2015
 
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33. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 64x80cm. 2015
 
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40. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 64x80cm. 2015
 
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48. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 108x135cm. 2015
 
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68. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 64x80cm. 2015
 
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71. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 64x80cm. 2016
 
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98. Original Artwork on Plain Paper, 21x30cm. Archival Pigment Print, 64x80cm. 2016