Abbotsford Convent presents
Jihyun Kim, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
South Korea / Australia
When landscapes change, do people change?
When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon) is an installation inspired by the story of a Korean elder in Ansan, who takes a walk everyday to the place where the sea used to be. This work considers the solvent connections between site, sensation and memory, and the routines that we associate with these.
In a fluid, decentered space audiences can explore their own associations: the experience is distant with an illusion of closeness.
Where you are perhaps it no longer rains, or rain becomes an abstract symbol for desiccated country, or a signal to seek comfort, or a deafening torrent that signals the terror of inundation. The artists collaborating on this exploration of space and embodied memory have been brought together by producer Jin Yim through their long-term connections and developments in Korea and Australia.
This installation will take place in the South Magdalen Laundry within the heritage-listed Abbotsford Convent precinct. The Convent’s Magdalen Laundry and asylum buildings are recognised as an important physical record for those Australians and their families known as the Forgotten Australians. We recognise and honour the thousands of girls and women placed in care at the Convent, including those who laboured in the Laundry. The harm of institutionalisation and the trauma experienced by many residents is acknowledged as part of the Convent’s heritage. The Magdalen Laundry provides space for artists, audiences and communities to experience new practices, narratives and histories, while respecting the heritage and social history of these spaces.