Asian Identity: three contemporary Artists reflect on adaptation in an intercultural dialogue
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents its final exhibition of 2018, Asian Identity, an intercultural group show featuring photographic, video, sculpture, and mixed media works by artists Yuni Kim Lang, Khánh H. Lê, and Sarawut Chutiwongpeti. Each artist’s evocative and deeply personal work expresses their unique identity as Asian, balancing formative experiences adapting to new environments with a desire to preserve one’s cultural heritage.
These three artists, of Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai heritage respectively, believe that investigating one’s cultural roots is vital to understanding oneself, especially in an era where myriad world cultures coexist and globalization further blurs traditional lines of separation. Across widely varying media and modes of expression, they examine fundamental issues of identity and discuss through art their unique cultural states of being. Collectively, this exhibition aims to introduce the creative potential of contemporary artists of Asian heritage in the United States at a time when global interest in Asia on the rise. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy in the United States.
Admission to the opening reception with talks by the artists on Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required below. Asian Identity will remain on view during regular hours through January 4, 2019.
WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception
WHO: Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Yuni Kim Lang, Khánh H. Lê,
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, at 6:00 pm
On View: December 7, 2018 – January 4, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: Free RSVP to the opening below. No RSVP needed during regular hours.
About the Artists
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti constantly travels the world, becoming inspired by new experiences. He explores the intersection of art and culture in a rapidly changing modern society, looking for his own voice and identity as an artist. His work is a means of connecting the culture of his mother country and the neo nomadic lifestyle to which he is currently oriented. His series Untitled (Wishes, Lies and Dream) presented in this exhibition is part of the artist's work Utopia, which encompasses other experiences in which he learns about the world and finds a new identity.
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti is an artist who lives and works in various places around the world. His film works and installations are highly personal: they are a means to make connections between his native country, Thailand, and its culture, and the living aesthetics of a neo-nomadic artist. He has presented his work in solo exhibitions at the Graz Kunstverein, London Art Fair, and Korea International Art Fair among others, as well as in numerous group exhibitions in recent years, including the Athens Biennale 2018: ANTI (Greece, 2018), Bienal Internacional de Arte de Cerveira (Portugal, 2017), The Third Kunming Fine Art Biennale 2016 (Yunnan Fine Art Museum, China, 2016), and the Sea Art Festival at the Busan Biennale (Korea, 2015).
For more information, visit the artist's website at www.chutiwongpeti.info.