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Shrinking Monuments Into a Traveler’s Cup

Traveler's Cup is a series of digital pigment prints by Colorado-based artist Joo Yeon Woo that features symbolic representations of cultural displacement. By shrinking monuments and architectural landmarks, making them compact enough to fit into a cup, Woo explores the idea of disconnection from culture and origins. Whether it's through physical relocation or simply via the digital era we live in, where much of the world is seen on a screen, it's all far from the actual source.

The artist uses her own experiences as the base for most of her projects. In this case, she presents the different areas of the world she's resided in, having to personally re-identify the term “home” on several occasions. She says, “As a culturally displaced artist, I have been drawn to the theme of cultural displacement and identity, and to social psychological and cross-cultural studies that are heavily influenced by immigrant experiences and by the interaction between people and space… My most recent projects have adopted a documentary approach and artistic archives to present my experiences of dislocation and rootlessness in our contemporary nomadic culture.”





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Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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