In modern, spare and elegant portraiture, artist Cindy Hwang (CYJO) highlights the diversity, identity, and immigration of the global kyopo, those of Korean descent that reside outside of the Korean Peninsula. CYJO decontextualizes her subjects to emphasize a sense of forced unity, allowing their spectrum of experience to contradict the apparent sameness of identity. Juxtaposed are the graduate student, the novelist, the activist, the architect. Through photographs and profiles, KYOPO challenges the idea of a monolithic, “authentic” Korean identity while stimulating exploration and a renewed perception of what it means to be both Korean and a citizen of the world.
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About the Author
CYJO, born 1974 in Seoul, is a Korean American who immigrated to the US in 1976. Her most recent work, Substructure, is a photographic, textual, and video portrait series documenting fifty Chinese immigrants in Beijing. CYJO’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., T. Art Center, Beijing and The Korea Society, New York. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts including A+A Magazine, ELLE Korea, Eloquence Magazine, Global Times, La Lettre De La Photographie, The New York Times, Vision Magazine, CBS News and PBS Sunday Arts News. She has lectured at The KACC, The 3rd Asian American Conference, The Korea Society, Miami University, The New York Life Company, NYU APA, Overseas Korean Foundation and The Rubin Museum of Art.
MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE teaches at the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, she is the author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Witness, The American Voice, TriQuarterly, Guernica, and she has won fellowships from the MacColl Johnson Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and a honorable mention in the O. Henry Awards. Essays and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate.
JULIAN STALLABRASS is a writer, curator, photographer and professor in Art
History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Author of Art Incorporated, Internet Art, Paris Pictured, and Gargantua, Stallabrass writes regularly for publications including Tate, Art Monthly and the New Statesman. Board member of Art History, New Left Review and Third Text, he curated the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images.
What People are Saying About This
The presence of the Kyopo Project is quite timely in that it reinforces how America is continually growing and changing colors with a varying array of immigration groups that have called America their home. It also explores the meaning of being American and reminds us of the diversity which lies within.
Jean-Jacques Naudet, Co-Creator of La Lettre de la Photographie, Editor-At-Large of American Photo magazine
"The Kyopo Project is something that is critical in terms of expressing a sense of identity, a shared experience
I think there's something about connecting with other people and knowing that you're going through a similar set of challenges and struggles together
. we have another dimension to us that contributes to the overall fabric of the American experience."
Yul Kwon, TV show host for PBS' America Revealed, Former Deputy Chief, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs, Winner of CBS Survivor: Cook Islands, Discovery Channel Host and Former CNN Special Correspondent
"There is increasing attention paid to globalization in general and to the dispersal of enormous numbers of peoples away from their traditional homelands through wars, economic opportunity, and a sense of adventure. The United States, while not unique, is among the most seriously impacted among developed nations. Understanding the identities and needs of so many diasporic communities is among our most pressing national priorities in matters of race relations, intergenerational relations and social justice. CYJO’s work is a model of innovative response and we at the Smithsonian APAP are happy to support it."
Dr. Franklin Odo, Chief of the Library of Congress' Asian Division, Former Founding Director, Smithsonian APAP
"The Kyopo Project is a fascinating commentary on individual and national identity, as well as the complexities and in some cases, the conflict between the two. It deals with a theme that is relevant to not one particular culture, but rather to an emerging population of global citizens. Yet at the same time, by expertly navigating the journey of each individual subject, Ms. Hwang has succeeded in composing a kaleidoscope of visual narratives that brilliantly reflect the Korean diaspora of today."
Min Jung Kim, Managing Director, Exhibitions and Programming Group, Global Cultural Management Asset Group, and Former Asian Strategist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.