Our mothers, our water, our peace reflects upon Atlanta Asian communities’ resilience and love. In response to Asian hate crimes that escalated during the pandemic followed by the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings, Gyun Hur illuminates the irreversible changes that have taken place in the identities and stories we tell ourselves.
In 2024, a constellation of glass vessels will be housed amongst the Atlanta Asian communities. This array of installations will act as poetic nodes that map gestures of grief in both public and private spaces. These handblown, tear-shaped vessels will hold local creek and river water from the Atlanta region and seed conversations around intergenerational work, healing, and community engagement through a series of workshops and gatherings.
In 2025, Gyun will gather these glass vessels to create a large-scale installation that will open to the public in March in the spirit of remembrance, lamentation, and celebration.
This work is a hymnal
This work is a tear
This work is a mother
This work is a future we don’t know
This work is now
This work is a provocation
This work is an archive
This work is remembering
This work is grieving
This work is a holding
This work is a gathering
This work is faith
With When our mothers, near the water, rebirthed cicadas, Flux Projects continues FLOW, a multi-year series designed to explore Atlanta’s history with water, how it has shaped our city and the potential it holds for our future. FLOW engages issues of conservation, equity, and urban design through installations and performances around the city.
About the Artist
Gyun is an interdisciplinary artist and an educator whose biographical context as a first-generation immigrant largely informs her creative practice and pedagogical approach. Born in South Korea, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 13 and studied painting and sculpture at the University of Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design.
In Gyun’s practice, she is deeply engaged in generating poetics of beauty and grief in visual and emotional spaces she creates. Through iterations of installations, performances, drawings, and writings, Gyun traverses between autobiographical abstraction and figurative storytelling, asking what holds us together; stories, yearnings, rituals, and spirituality.
Our mothers, our water, our peace is the second project with Flux Projects that commissioned Spring Hiatus about a decade ago. In both works, Gyun invites the audience to participate in this labor of unraveling our layered, perplexing stories with grace and time.
Our mothers, our water, our peace is commissioned by Flux Projects and supported in part by The New School. We are grateful for the following organizations as our collaborating partners for the project: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Advocacy Fund, Asian Student Alliance, and East x Southeast.