Current Work
100 Miles in Chicagoland (2019)

During October 2019, I am conducting a series of walking performances that witness the histories of settler colonialism, racial segregation, and class exploitation that shape the Chicago region to this day.

The walks trace the path of trails created by indigenous peoples for complex networks of trade and travel long before settlers came. Today’s roads cut through neighborhoods with distinctive characters of race and class, produced by decades of deliberate policies around housing, land use, economic development, immigration, and the environment.

While walking, I wear a traditional Korean dress made from denim, an all-American fabric imbued with the history of slavery in cotton and indigo, to mark my various identities as a Korean female, an immigrant, a settler, and an “American.” 

Five walks of 20 miles each will be conducted —

Wednesday October 2: Vincennes
Wednesday October 9: Ogden/Plainfield
Wednesday October 16: Lake
Wednesday October 23: Elston/Milwaukee
Wednesday October 30: Clark/Ridge/Green Bay 

Research and notes posted @jeeyeun on Instagram.

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I posit walking as key to decolonizing in order to highlight the importance of taking steps—moving, engaging, reflecting—to enact decolonizing practices, understanding that decolonization is something to be aspired to and enacted rather than a state of being that may be claimed.
— Juanita Sundberg, “Decolonizing Posthumanist Geographies,” Cultural Geographies 21.1 (2013): 33–47.