By Xu Aiying and Sohn JiAe
July 25, 2017 l Seoul
A special exhibition kicked off at the National Folk Museum of Korea on July 19 giving us insight into what trash means to our lives.
The Junk X User’s Guide exhibition raises questions about the ways in which we process our trash. Do we deal with garbage properly? Do we throw away anything that’s valuable, thinking that they’re trash?
“This exhibition shows us how we deal with excessive trash and teaches us that we can use garbage as a resource,” said museum curator Kim Chang-ho.
The exhibit consists of three sections.
The first section focuses on today’s trash that we generate in a modern society, taking a look at how much garbage is thrown away per day and per week, by an individual and by a four-member family, with the help of visual and physical documents.
The second section walks you through the ways in which garbage can come to life in the form of recycled things.
Lastly, in the third section, visual images on the screen bring to light the value of recycling, an act that can make something that is no more useful into “a thing that is urgently needed” by others.
The exhibition continues until Oct. 31, and it’s free of charge.