Soi Park was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Park has participated in exhibitions including at the Gyeonggi Creation Center Gallery ( Ansan-si, Korea ), Nathan Cummings Foundation (New York City, U.S), Dong Gang Museum of Photography ( Yeongwol-Si, Korea), and Queens Museum of Art ( New York City, U.S). Park held residencies with Gyeonggi Creation Center in Korea and an Engaging Artists Residency with More Art in New York City. She has received honors that include Wolhee Choe Memorial Award, Engaging Artist’s Public Art Grant, and Alice Kimball English Travelling Fellowship. She holds an MFA in photography from the Yale University School of Art.
Young Jeong Sajin (The Funeral Portrait) addresses the exceptional South Korean cultural practice of preparing memorial portraits of the elderly while the individual is still alive. Photography studios specifically dedicated to funerary portraits can be found throughout South Korea and traveling photographers bring the service to the most remote areas. The series of portraits crystallize the complex facial expressions of the over 200 Korean American seniors who have participated.