ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah-Ji was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the north side of Chicago with her family shortly before her 6th birthday. This dramatic move may be one of the reasons that she became so interested in the power of memories to form identities and the ways in which a person can “not forget.” She has been taking photos in one form or another since she was a teenager. She bought her first digital camera in 2002, and as a result, her photographic documentation of life became much more compulsive (and affordable). Around the same time, she jumped into the world of photoblogging, through which she has been sharing her photos and stories of everyday life online.
She is a former and founding contributor to Shutter Sisters, a global online community of women photographers. Her photos have appeared on gapersblock.com, chicagopublicradio.org, npr.org, chicagoreader.com, chicagoist.com, pastemagazine.com, democracynow.org, the print editions of the Occupied Chicago Tribune, People's Tribune, Fight Back! News, Chicago Reader, Paste Magazine, Yes! and countless Facebook profiles. She is one of the contributors to the book Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters Guide To Shooting From the Heart.
Sarah-Ji still lives in her beloved city of Chicago. In addition to photography, her passions are mindful parenting, public education advocacy, creating/finding community, movement building, epistolary journaling, crossing bridges, "struggle all day/dance all night" and summer storms at night over Lake Michigan. She wants to use her camera as an instrument to stand in solidarity, infuse love, magnify joy, build community, generate friendships and make peace.
Sarah-Ji loves her chosen family of friends, doesn't sleep much, makes awesome empanadas and drinks cortados. She also enjoys tequila shots.