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2018.11 Sugar Thief


By rediscovering a mundane object for us in the civilized city, I want to invoke the question of something we take for granted: Sugar. Sugar is a cultural prop.

Do you deserve to taste this sweetness?

Sugar should matter to us: from its industrial origin in plantation slavery, to its role as an energy booster during the industrial revolution and from our own nostalgic childhood memories to its status as a major threat to public health in the modern era.

Sugar is a cultural prop, which reflects numerous sociocultural layers of history and fluctuations of power dynamics. Our perspective on sugar has always been influenced and distorted by criteria of “contemporary” society.


Je Sung Lee

2018.11 mirror/MĪRUS

2018.10 Observer / What I Like About This Building