How Are You?

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Sohhee Participant #2 Participant #3 Sonalika Saloni
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Sarara Minna Gisselle Kay + Yingchi Isamar
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Edison Participant #12 Erica Fran Khaled

Soh Hee Oh’s public art project, “How Are You?” collects stories of individuals and captures their quarantine places which were greatly altered to accommodate their life and work during this critical time. Transforming these conversations into visual form within the structure of cardboard boxes. They function like miniature diagrams of private lives. Stacked together in a storefront for public view, these open boxes are “visual conversations” as if one might overhear on the street, giving passers-by reason to pause and slow down. Instead of focusing on the emptiness of the store, and the loss of retail activity, it invites us to connect to individuals, even strangers through our imagination and shared humanity.

These theatrical scenes of private places and memories are interpretations by the artist based on interviews with participants and the photographs they provide. The conversations will be documented and posted online, and can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the storefront window. After each conversation the participant has introduced the next person to participate, activating a change of friends, families and acquaintances and highlighting how we are all connected in a wide reaching, diverse, and dynamic set of relationships in the city. 

This project was made possible with the support of the Graduate Student Engagement Fund of Pratt Institute and COPE NYC