Chat About: Betty Kim & Charlie Kang | Iona Liu & Lucia Wang
Charlie Kang and Betty Kim will share and discuss thoughts on unseen experiences (as both an artist and a citizen) of Korean culture and Asian/Asian-American female identity.
Three untitled works
(left) Hanbok fabric/textile; (middle) Archival pigment print; (right) Archival pigment print
2022, 2023, 2023
Charlie Kang has been painting and drawing but also has worked for various art spaces in Chicago as an art preparator/exhibition technician. Moving forward, she is hoping to practice writing for her interests ranging from maintenance and operational labor in cultural institutions to East Asian and global contemporary art and politics. She is now finishing her year in the MAPH program at the University of Chicago.
Betty Young Kim is an MFA candidate at the University of Chicago. Her art practice focuses on photography and the use of textiles/fabrics. Using self-portraiture and the female form, her work looks at the complexities of motherhood and Asian/Asian American identity.
Iona Liu and Lucia Wang will launch a conversation about the Chinese female image, the skeleton beauty, deeply ingrained in traditions and its new posture in Iona's performance
There’s A Woman on the Pedestal
Performance with microcontrollers and electronics
Lucia Wang (she/they) is a MAPH student on art history track at the University of Chicago. They are interested in contemporary Chinese ink art, specifically calligraphy in unconventional mediums and the interplay between text and body. Currently they are writing their thesis on Wang Peng and Zhang Huan’s performance art, with a focus on how Chinese art is situated in a global context.
Iona (Bohan) Liu (she/her) graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, currently pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Chicago. As an independent artist, she seeks to redefine the concepts of fertility and reproduction across various mediums, freeing modern women's reproductive choices from traditional norms and re-evaluating women's life choices as independent entities. She is currently exploring the use of reproductive symbols and visual language from archaeology and burial culture to comment on the power and position of women in present-day society.