Helen H Kim
The nature of dualities is the crux of my interdisciplinary art practice. I utilize photography, text, social media, and interactive performance to create nonlinear narratives that examine the tension and fluctuation between outsider and insider, private and public, perception and reality, memory and history. Born in Seoul and raised in Los Angeles, my Korean American experience has always necessitated the navigation of multiple identities and communities, as well as the murkier non-places between them. For example, as a woman of color without a color (at least officially), I reside in a racial non-place between black and white that is largely irrelevant in major political, social, and cultural discourses. My work brings these non-places to the forefront.
I invite the audience to traverse these non-place borderlands so that they arrive at unavoidable, visceral empathy with the Other. Central to this work is its accessibility to those who may find traditional art frameworks alienating or intimidating. Bypassing common signifiers of an art experience, I host dinner parties and other interactive social events that examine the social and political nature of personal versus public space. I also engage in multimedia, multi-sensory, and subversive forms of storytelling, such as a walking tour of my childhood neighborhood, to both clarify and obscure power dynamics within cultural and social constructs. The resulting narrative relies on instinctual rather than intellectual resonance to create an emotional connection and insight into the complexities of such dualities.