여기서 30년 동안 일했다는 ‘김향기’ 할머니의 말이다.
안덕벌의 나비처럼 넓은 들판을 날고 싶었던 청춘의 얼굴이 여기 있다.
"It was such a difficult time working in the factory because of the smoke from the cigarette manufacturing. The whole area was full of that smell." - Hyangi Kim (A Cheongju factory worker for over 30 years. Roughly translated, her name translates to 'Fragrant')
From an abandoned factory in Cheongju we found 88 forgotten ID cards from past cigarette factory workers. We merged these together to create a face from the memory of this building. 365 of these faces cover the outer walls of the factory.
In the interior of the factory, the face quietly merges over and over again into different forms, men and women of the office and factory floor. Simultaneously, the voices of these workers describe their time working in this building, memories of joy, difficulty, politics and dreams.
This installation spans a cigarette factory over 58 meters long. A total of 365 faces represents our homage to the unsung workers who kept the city of Cheongju afloat year after year, through war, financial crisis and rapid industrialisation.
Artwork: The Bite Back Movement
Computer Vision Engineer: Jack Greenhalgh