Claire from Memphis is an ongoing series of audiovisual works that star my mom performing traditional Korean dance in my hometown of Memphis, TN. It is a reaction to the mistreatment of immigrants within the U.S. and serves as a critique on the American Dream. Claire is a professional dancer with a MFA from Ewha University. She followed my father’s career in lieu of her own, raising two kids in small towns across the U.S., and has not returned to her homeland in thirty years. Transforming environments into an imaginative visual representation of coping mechanisms (meditation, escapism, transcendence), the viewer considers how the subject navigates various types of systems. By revisiting and reviving specific locations and objects from my childhood, I confront how memory transforms and alters the reality/identity of Past Self so the Future Self can survive and transcend. The project challenges and celebrates memory, love, kinship, and identity.