Birthstone(Mother and I)
Kyoung eun Kang Birthstone(Mother and I) Skin of my mother and myself from back scrubbing together(Archival print)
Birthstone (Mother and I)
2012
Skin of my mother and myself from back scrubbing together(Archival print)
10x10inch

I grew up in a small town in Korea, a homogeneous country. Every Sunday morning, our family went to the public bath, a Korean ritual. I remember the impressive moment when a collection of naked bodies, ranging from babies to old women, scrubbed and cared for their skin. They helped each other clean their bodies. Even strangers were welcome. My mother and I touched, squeezed, and smelled our bodies. I was confused about whose body was whose. The intimate public bath was packed and no one was ashamed of being naked. Soon, the bodies became one.

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