Left: Video Still, Caroline Key and Kim KyungMook “Grace Period” (2014). Courtesy of the Artists. Right: Video Still, Yip Kin Bon “If You Miss Home” (2016). Courtesy of the Artist.

Screening, Talk

On the Margin: Screening of works by Caroline Key, Kim KyungMook and Yip Kin Bon

November 29, 2022 – November 29, 2022
Asia Art Archive in America

23 Cranberry St. Brooklyn, NY

Presenting Caroline Key and Kim KyungMook’s Grace Period (2014) and Yip Kin Bon’s If You Miss Home (2016), this screening event looks at how artists problematize the relation between forms of gendered labor and visual representation. While Key and Kim record the Yeongdeungpo sex workers in South Korea and their collective resistance to government crackdowns, Yip appropriates recruitment interview videos of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. The artists digitally obscure the faces and bodies of their subjects, thereby reassessing the social semantics of “talking heads” in conventional documentaries. Giving form to underrepresented communities of female laborers, as both films suggest, requires more than a straightforward logic of exposure. Please join us for a discussion on the possible positions required to render visually the production and abuse of female labor. 

The screening is followed by a conversation with Caroline Key and Haneul Lee.

Bringing together a group of artists working with video art and other forms of moving-image, On the Margin screening series attempts to examine issues related to labor, migration and the margin. By exploring the space between documentary and art, this series aims to question how collective and/or personal stories complicate the definition of borders in Asia and beyond.

On the Margin screening series is organized and moderated by Zoe Meng Jiang and AAA-A’s Furen Dai.

Caroline Key is a Korean-American filmmaker and video installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts, her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her works employ a range of cinematic practices – 16mm film, alchemical film processing, documentary, animation, and digital graphics. These films and videos investigate the construction and negotiation of identities rooted in conditions of alterity. Her works have shown internationally at festivals and galleries, including Arsenal Cinema in Berlin, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, and the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.

Kim KyungMook was born in Busan, South Korea, in 1985 and went to Seoul at the age of sixteen.  From the year 2001 to 2004, with the pen name Kyum, he worked as a journalist and a columnist for publications, including Hankyoreh and Outsider. In 2006, he was on the editorial board of Korea’s only independent film magazine, Independent Film. In 2011, he was a committee member of the Association of Korean Independent Film and Video. KyungMook has produced and directed five feature length films. His films have screened internationally and have won several awards. He was the youngest Korean filmmaker ever to be accepted into the Venice Film Festival with his third feature film, Stateless Things. There have been retrospectives of his work in South Korea, Taiwan, France, and Switzerland. 

Yip Kin Bon is a mixed media artist based in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013. He creates collages by collecting, reading, sorting, and integrating visual materials, and rearranges the context of incidents, objects, and time to reflect the absurdity of this world. His solo exhibition “Almost Black, the White Terror; Almost White, the Black Humour” took place at 1a space in Hong Kong in 2014. He has taken part in various exhibitions including “Sea Breeze – Jogja Biennale 2019” in Indonesia, “No Cause for Alarm” at La MaMa Galleria, New York (2016), and “The City of Homeless” at Arko Art Center, Seoul. His works are collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as private individuals in Hong Kong.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and currently based in Brooklyn, Haneul Lee is a filmmaker and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Her research interest concerns the production, circulation, and consumption of informal media as a form of care by sociopolitical minorities within and through digital and non-digital platforms in Asia. Her writing about Hong Kong protests in a life simulation game and other digital spaces is forthcoming in the anthology Made in ASIA/AMERICA. She recently finished a short documentary 24/7, which is about one 24-hour period of a small grocery store in Brooklyn, where a revolving roster of migrant workers supplies ongoing labor under a round-the-clock market system.

On the Margin: Screening of works by Caroline Key, Kim KyungMook and Yip Kin Bon is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.