Unattended Bags is a creative collective spanning 33 years. Their name takes a sexist trope for older women and reclaims it as a playful symbol of freedom, danger, and combustible creativity. They are Jules Chung (she/her), a writer and Min Sohn (she/her), a visual artist.
Jules is the daughter of Korean immigrants to the U.S. She is also a parent. Exploring American identity through the lenses of early-wave Korean immigration, faith, gender, sexuality, race, and class, she writes both poetry and fiction. She has previously had a novel, Mrs. Koh, represented by The Gernert Company (although it was ultimately not published), and is currently seeking representation for a second novel. Her poem “January” was just published in the London-based Quince Magazine, and she was selected as a 2021 Finalist in the One Story Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship Competition. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Min had a peripatetic childhood before settling in the U.K. in the late 1970s. Her work is informed by her "unrootedness" and "uprootedness" focusing on themes of memory, loss, and the reimagining of history. A conceptual artist, she works in 3D, painting, film, and performance. She graduated with a degree in French and German from the University of Durham, England, received a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Camberwell College of Art and Design, London, and studied Fine Art at Central St. Martins, London.