Hotel Project III: The Hotel features bombarding images of hotel rooms pictured from different cultural aspects. Through the detailed and trivial fragments, exotic objects, and the intimate interaction between exotic scenes and myself, I try to create a hotel room with illusion and confusion. The material-based images evoke the deeply hidden desire to escape into a spiritual journey, instead of a physical trip. Throughout the process, I have taken the roles of a flight attendant, traveler, photographer, observer, foreigner, or creator. During my short stay in every place, I release my true self, especially the part of me who love to collect and preserve memories. Like a person, someone who is poor or hangry, who has a serious problem with food-crazing, I swallow every local thing I see with my camera with the fear that once I stop I will never have them again.
I hope I have left some traces of my presence in these alien spaces, like my hair under the bed missed by hotel cleaners, biscuit crumbs in sofa crevices, or the digital pictures of myself in my digital camera.
It is an endlessly repetitive process of arriving, unpacking, packing, and leaving. I thus document the process as a ritual of fixed and organized procedures. The continuous observation and photographing ultimately provide a goal for these steps: to observe various “exotic qualities.” In the end, I process the photographs and make them important artistic elements in my works.