November 14, Lecture at UCSD

An Artist Talk with YOUNG JOON KWAK
Drag Assemblages, Trans Performance Objects, and Reparative Objectification

Tuesday, November 14th 2017 5:00 - 6:30pm
Literature Building, Room 155 (de Certeau)

Young Joon Kwak is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist working mainly with sculpture, performance, video, and sound. Kwak’s sculptures reimagine the function, material, and form of objects, in order to create spaces and scenarios that propose different ways of viewing and interpreting bodies as mutable and open-ended. She is the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving beauty salon/platform for experimental performance collaborations with her community of queer, trans, femme, POC artists and performers, and the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner. Performances and exhibitions include: the Hammer Museum, The Broad, REDCAT, and ONE National LGBT Archives, Los Angeles; Regina Rex and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; and Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’Art Contemporain, Clichy, France. Kwak is the Summer 2018 Artist in Residence at LACE (LA). Kwak was recently awarded the Art Matters Grant and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Artist Community Engagement Grant. She received an MFA from the University of Southern California, MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the Talk Artist Young Joon Kwak will discuss her past and current projects in sculpture, performance, and collaborations with her community that explore alternative ways of being bodies in relation to objects with open-ended functionality.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature, SPACES, and Queer Asias Working Group.

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Young Joon Kwak