In The Museum Project, Korean photographer Atta Kim commandeers average scenes–city streets, department stores, freight depots, and forests–and turns them into exhibition spaces. On display are people crammed into acrylic boxes, stacked in sets, on end, or sometimes
alone. In selecting his subjects and isolating them in their boxes, Kim aims to “detach them from reality; to display and deconstruct at the same time my own concept of the world.” Kim compares his efforts
to that of an archaeologist, sifting through the cultural strata in order to unearth and hold up exemplary objects for our contemplation. The Museum Project is comprised of a number of series, such as “War Memorial,” “Sex,” “Suicide
,” and other human typologies, each intended to highlight a particular mode of behavior or belief. In certain series, the subjects are isolated from their natural settings, each display case simply framed and...