I call you this you call me that

19 Jan 2018 – 25 Jan 2018

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Opening - 19.01.2018 19h - 22h
Exhibition - 20-25.01.2018 10:00am - 8:00 pm


Berlin, Germany


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In her first solo exhibition, Soohyun Choi addresses the performative role of language used within personal and broader relationships. Choi demonstrates how in both English and Korean culture, identities and personalities are constructed and controlled by language, particularly in respect to gender norms and white European hegemony.

'I call you this you call me that' places the failure of language to be inclusive within the context of Korean society, where people use a variety of honorific titles to refer to each other, depending on age, gender and social status. 

Drawing upon media tropes used in K-Pop culture and the binary casting of heterosexual romance, Choi’s work investigates the social codes embedded in language and how it is used as a tool for love, manipulation, exclusion and belonging. She thus approaches issues of power and control, but also posits the question of whether the possibility exists for transcending language’s historical purpose and making room for new functions.

Text by Joan Lee

Soohyun Choi (b. 1989, Seoul) lives and works in London. She completed her MFA in 2016 from Goldsmiths College in London. Past group exhibitions include Songs, Balloons, and Broken Tablets for the Snehta Residency Group Exhibition, Athens (2017); the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens (2017); Romanticism: The 2k17 Edition for isthisit?, online; and CACOTOPIA, Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2017).

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