Born in Seoul, Korea, HJH (Hojin Hwang) is a contemporary photographer who creates a complex and psychedelic vision with the concept that everything connects themselves in the whole phenomenal world, focused on textures, geometric shapes, and superimposed images.
The deep concepts based on his work experience as an insurance claim surveyor dealing with fire and natural disaster claims for 15 years underlying his photos give his work a great power with a surreal and psychological air.
After leaving the job in 2019, HJH started his artistic journey with a camera in 2020 and selected as one of 52 artists from 22 countries in 'The Great International Yearbook of Contemporary Art 2021', which was published in Madrid, Spain in April 2021.
“Disasters were part of my daily life, and for many years, I made a living by checking what such disasters caused. For privacy considerations, my job prohibited explaining what I saw to others, but since I became familiar with this boring livelihood, I felt comfortable with ‘photos’ more than ‘words’ and ‘writings.’ As I am not a smart person, ‘words’ and ‘writings’ were like a fishing net with such wide net knots, which were not ideal to explain what I saw. “
Once, right in front of a young couple who lost their daughter who was less 10-years old in the fire, I had to take pictures of the spot where the child was found lying. One day, I weighed tens of thousands of fish that died of the red tide in a fish farm and mechanically had to take pictures of the figures representing the weight of dead fishes on the scale all day long.
Only after the livelihood that I had to bear from an observer’s perspective came to an end, I could start making images by overlapping and pasting the times of disasters crouching in my photos. There is no other reason. I just hope that slices of the world in the photos I put on record would remain with people just like a mirror in their daily lives. I hear that to Nam June Paik, the founder of video art, the moon was the oldest TV in the world. To me, the mirror is the oldest camera in the world.”