Julia Kwon: Yellow Womanhood EXHIBITION: November 22, 2019 – January 4, 2020 ARTIST TALK: December 15, 2019 from 2PM GALLERY: Anacostia Arts Center's Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020 (maps)
Julia Kwon creates ruptures within traditional Korean textile to comment on gender and ethnicity. The artist draws inspiration from Korean patchwork object-wrapping cloth called bojagi, which was historically a creative outlet for women who had limited contact with the outside world. Kwon creates textile works in the format of bojagi to explore notions of tradition, craft, and feminized labor. Through disrupting the Korean textiles and treating the human-scale figures like objects, she not only expresses the embodied experience of objectification, tokenism, and whitewashing, but also challenges preexisting notions of what it means to be Korean and feminine. Kwon's work is a celebration of her cultural background as well as a commentary on the complexities of constructing identity within the contemporary context of globalism, cultural hybridity, and intersectionality.
Julia gave an artist lecture at Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Julia's solo show "More Than a Body" at Target Gallery of Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA showcased her newest, large-scale textile work.
Julia was featured in PBS's WETA-TV program titled WETA Arts. The episode (S6 Ep2, 17:19-22:15) has aired in the greater DC area and is available online.
Julia's interview regarding her recent solo show is featured in On Tap Magazine. The magazine is now available online.