Migration and Identity:
Works by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor
Exhibition Opening Reception & Artist Talk:
Friday, May 6 at 6 pm
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Join us for the opening of Migration and Identity, a new exhibition of textile and installation artwork by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor that explores the inextricable connection between "Who am I?" and "Where am I?" that defines every individual.
Born in Korea and currently an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia College, TeaYoun Kim-Kassor has dedicated much of her diverse artistic career to the nature of identity, and the profound impact of migration on that fundamental personal question. With this exhibition, she presents two of her signature collections. In Migration Series, a traditional Korean sewing technique, nubi, provides the basis for delicately layered textiles which - like one's identity, built up from countless experiences, places, and other people - are dimensionless, boundless, and defy perfect description. In Tension, Kim-Kassor takes this complexity of self a step further, physically and visually illustrating the constant push and pull on the fabric that constitutes our lives: our homeland can pull us back, while our destination pushes us forward. With so many forces of place, person, and purpose acting upon us, the result is a tensely warped but resilient canvas-blank, yet a universal portrait of individual human lives.
TeaYoun Kim-Kassor received her B.F.A. in her native Korea and continued her research at Saitama University in Japan, where she earned a Master of Arts in Art Education. In the United States she continued her studies with the M.F.A. program at the University of Tennessee and currently teaches as an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia College. TeaYoun has been an active artist internationally, with numerous exhibitions in Korea, Italy, Japan, and across the United States with support from the Folklore Museum in Sendai, Japan, the National Performance Network, CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain.