“Cruel and beautiful…”

Chang Jia’s Sitting Young Girl from 2009 via Doosan Gallery

This Friday, March 7, Doosan Gallery in New York will open a solo exhibition of Chang Jia’s work. Chang is currently participating in the Doosan Gallery residency program. The exhibition will be up March 7 – April 3. Among the work to be exhibited, Standing Up Peeing (2006) will be shown. I wrote an article about those work for Modern Art Asia last summer.

Body Update: Bending

Images by Bill Durgin via DesignBoom

Virtual gender swap via DesignBoom. This is an interesting concept but I don’t see why it has to be specific to gender. Size? Race? Health? Also, gender is not necessarily a binary thing as it seems to be presented here.

Speaking of gender, Facebook has some interesting news.

People are making the internet a better place! (Don’t tell my student’s I endorsed something Wikipedia related! 😉 )

A friend shared Ren Hang’s photography with me a few weeks ago because of my work on Chang Jia’s Standing Up Peeing. 

Burning Down The House, the Tenth Gwangju Biennale

The tenth Gwangju Biennale’s theme is Burning Down The House. According to the Biennale website, “Burning Down the House explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events, and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent, events of destruction or self-destruction―burning the home one occupies―followed by the promise of the new and the hope for change.” Read the rest here.

Click here for a list of the past nine iterations

See more here.

Current Reading List

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From my Instagram taken outside of the restroom at Alternative Space Loop in Seoul

“Pink Writing: P.R.C.-Based Publishing in English on Queer and Pot-Queer Issues” in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Issue 33, December 2013) by Maud Lavin

“Big Flesh, Big Emotions: Jenny Saville’s Paintings And Melissa McCarthy’s Comedy” in The Last Women’s Magazine by Maud Lavin

“The Politics of Identity for Korean Women Artists Living in Britain” in Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture by Beccy Kennedy

“Bargaining with Patriarchy” in Gender and Society (Sept. 1988) pp. 274-290 by Deniz Kandiyoti

Americanah by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Body Language (Body Conferences)

Freddy will always have a piece of my heart. Queen’s “Body Language” (1982).

If I had all the time and money in the world I would apply to participate in these two conferences:

Bodies in Between: Corporeality and Visuality from Historical Avant-garde to Social Media

Deadline for call for papers: February 15, 2014

Conference Dates: 29-31 May, 2014

Location: Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

Time, Space, and the Body

Deadline for call for papers: April 4, 2014

Conference Dates: 7-9 September, 2014

Location: Oxford, ENGLAND

North Korea Notes

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An image I took this summer looking across to North Korea from Paju

North Korea is mentioned on occasion in this space. Below is yet another collection of links about the country.

David Guttenfelder is the only western photographer allowed to take photos of North Korea. In this short video he discusses that experience.

“I was born a [North Korean] Unicorn.”

An essay by Kim Jong Il’s former cook. He traveled all over the world to satisfy Kim Jong Il’s decadent cravings. In the end, he used one of those trips to escape.

An article about North Koreans in Japan. A friend of mine, Kim Insook, has an ongoing photography project about the subject.

Art Asia Pacific’s succinct article about what it means to be an artist north of the DMZ.

If you’re on the Korean peninsula next September you should check out the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival. September 17-24, 2014 in Paju and Goyang.

North Korea and Choco pies, one of our favorite convenience store desserts when we’re in South Korea.

Apex Art’s exhibition from 2012, A Postcard from Afar: North Korea From a Distance curated by Mark Feary.

Toodles 2013

Eliza Bennett via DesignBoom’s Top 10 Body Art from 2013

Below is a list of some of my favorite end of the year lists from around the web. Enjoy!

Kimchi Queen’s Year in Review including President Park Geun-hye’s views on homosexuality, a piece linked on the Korea Times, and a link in which it is stated that young Koreans are less homophobic than xeonophobic.

According to Artsy, these are the artists to watch in 2014. Chicago’s Theaster Gates is on the list.

DesignBoom always does a series of top ten’s from the year. Here are my favorites from 2013: Top 10 Art Exhibitions (including Do Ho Suh’s three-story installation at the new MMCA in Seoul), Top 10 Cultural Institutions, and, my favorite, Top 10 Body Art. 

New York Times solicited readers for stories about loved ones who passed away in 2013. The stories are beautiful, haunting, and comforting.

Cheers to you! May 2014 be full of wonderful surprises, inspiration, and love!

Happy Thanksgiving: Rainbow Teen Safe Space

I hope that you are all enjoying full bellies and hearts today. Despite it’s questionable start, Thanksgiving has become a time for celebrating family, friends, and food. My husband and I headed slightly south for a cold weather reprieve (I hope!), bourbon, pie, and the famous Jewsbury mashed potatoes.

Among many things, something for which I’m thankful this year is the Rainbow Teens Safe Space campaign. It is always important to see teens being supported, especially teens who are dangerously marginalized. According to their website, “Korea is a culturally conservative society; therefore, heterosexism and homophobia are prevalent in the homes, schools, religious centers, and streets. Consequently, LGBTQ teens are very likely to be in danger of emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse/violence. As a result, they face psychological problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and high risk of committing suicide. Despite the demand, there are no free counseling centers, hotlines, or shelters in Korea for the LGBTQ teens.” Additional documentation about the project is provided here.

Enjoy your day today!