Korean Cultural Center
May 6 - 31, 2016
Korean Cultural Center
2370 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Migration and Identity, a new exhibition of textile and installation artwork by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor exploring the inextricable connection between “Who am I?” and “Where am I?” that defines us as individuals. 

TeaYoun Kim-Kassor, born in Korea and currently an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia College, 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 is originally from South Korea, where she received her B.F.A. She continued her research in Art Education as the Japanese equivalent of a Fulbright Scholar 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.  Currently, she teaches as an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia College. 

TeaYoun has been an active artist internationally, with numerous exhibitions including at Sungshin Women’s University (Seoul, South Korea), University of South Carolina (Beaufort, SC), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (United States), Venice Printmaking Studio (Murano, Italy), La Macina di San Cresci (Florence, Italy), Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY), Montana State University Gallery (Bozeman, MT), Maryville College Gallery (Maryville, TN), Black-box Theatre (Milledgeville, GA), and the Folklore Museum (Sendai, Japan), among others. Her work has been supported by the Folklore Museum in Sendai, Japan, the National Performance Network (supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation), CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain.
When: May 6-31, 2016 (no RSVP required, M-F, 9 am-noon & 1:30-5:30 pm)
          Special Viewing Hours: Saturday, May 7 (10am-4pm) during Passport DC festivities

Where: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) 

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