Panel will be in person in Classroom 102, CCS Bard, and on zoom (register on eventbrite here for zoom link).
Artists Nahee Kim and TZUSOO will be joined by Hwayong, a member of a Seoul-based feminist activist group Femidangdang, in a conversation with curator Jiwon Geum. The talk will be centered on the two artists’ practices as a prism to think through the theories of the nation-state, reproductive labor, and posthuman, opening up toward the relationship between care work and art-making, and the social dimensions of art and activism.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Right to Mother curated by CCS Bard graduate student Jiwon Geum.
Hwayong (b. 1992, she/her) is a graphic designer and feminist activist based in New York and Seoul. As a founding member of the feminist organization “Femidangdang” in South Korea, she has been fighting for social issues such as reproductive rights and misogyny, through cultural activities such as parties and exhibitions. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York where she is exploring topics like social justice, community healing, and shifting power. She loves printed matter, naps, and open-air parties in the summer.
Nahee Kim (b. 1991, she/they) is an artist, teacher, and web programmer who is performing “nahee.app” on social media. nahee.app is a speculative program that writes itself by interpreting Nahee’s sexual identity, preference, and experiences as computational objects. nahee.app creates sex code and documentation and partner matching algorithms by converting mechanisms of existing programming languages and network protocols into provocative interactions. It expands its code about sexual behavior to human reproduction by programming its own experimental family through the project with new forms of intimacy. Based in New York and Seoul, Nahee is 1/3 of the Korean artist collective <업체eobchae> and a member of NEWINC.
TZUSOO (b. 1992, she/her) is a Korean-born artist based in Berlin who explores the relationship between the virtual and physical worlds, imagining a future where human souls are uploaded to computers. Her work focuses on themes such as motherhood, queerness, the human body, gender, and human rights in the digital age. She holds a diplom degree from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Fine Art and Art Theory from the Art College of Hong-ik University in Seoul. TZUSOO’s work has been exhibited in institutions including the HITE Collection (Seoul, South Korea) and the Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany). She has received scholarships and project funding from various organizations and has also worked as a music video director for popular musicians.