Family Album: Goseong Choi’s Fine-Art Series About His Grandmother’s Death

August 4, 2014

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Goseong Choi

As Goseong Choi photographed his family during his grandmother’s hospitalization and passing, making artwork became both an escape and a source of internal conflict.

“Umma”—which means “mother” in Korean—is a photo series by South Korean-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Goseong Choi. Ostensibly a meditation on his grandmother’s sudden illness and lingering death, “Umma” is at once austere and intimate, brimming with undercurrents of loss, family and filial duty. Eschewing easy sentiment, Choi’s images lay bare the wrenching power of a matriarch grieving for her own mother....

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