We Bathe Here - 2019

We Bathe Here is an immersive paper installation that explores themes of connection within a shared and very vulnerable space. The installation aims to interpret the transition where a long-used space becomes a physical, emotional, and cultural reflection of its people and how these spaces also influence the internal strata of experiences within the people.

Mok yok tang directly translates to ‘bathing pools’. Naked, vulnerable, people gather together to silently pour out a river of emotions within the ritual of bathing. These stories are not lost but instead are written in steam and water - invisible engravings on the tiles themselves. The Korean public bath is a physical manifestation of its visitors, a place of ritual where one’s belonging is unquestioned.

Photo Credit: Roya DelSol, Vincent Luk
Cat Lamora 2018