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Theresa Hak Kyung Cha screens at the ICA

A screening of some of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s films at the ICA, followed by a discussion. It dovetails nicely with the exhibition devoted to Cha at the KCC which closes on the same day as the screening. It would have been nice to have had the screening slightly earlier so that one could go back to the exhibition with an enhanced understanding. But no doubt the BFI London Film Festival got in the way.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

26 October 2013, 5pm
£5 / Free to ICA Members

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Re Dis Appearing, 1977. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

A rare opportunity to view the films of Korean-born multi-disciplinary artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, this event provides a platform to explore her work and continuing influence today. The screening is followed by a discussion with curator Bea de Souza and artis Paul O’Kane.

Born in Korea in 1951, Theresa Hak Kung Cha went into exile to the US at a young age and then went on to study Fine Art at Berkeley University, California. Influenced by post-war French Film theory and filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Cha’s work is multi-disciplinary, spanning performance, writing and video. She died in 1982 at the age of 31.

Bea De Souza is director of The Agency Gallery and curator of the exhibition A Portrait in Fragments: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 1951- 1982 (24 September to 26 October 2013) currently at the Korean Cultural Centre. She is founder/director of the Agency Gallery in London, which is internationally respected for showcasing emerging and mid-career artists with a special focus on conceptual art and inter-media-experimentation from the 1990s onwards. Parallel to the programme of represented artists, The Agency also operates an event-based component, where related artistic disciplines such as curation, performance, sound art and electronic art are featured. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-82): A Portrait in Fragments was realised by Bea de Sousa as an offsite project with a bursary from the KCCUK Curatorial Open Call.

Paul O’Kane is an artist, writer and lecturer. He completed a PhD in History at Goldsmiths in 2009 on a theme of temporalities. His practices utilise still and moving, video and photographic images and writing to explore narrative and history. He has published reviews and articles related to technology, history and narrative in leading journals such as Third Text, Art Monthly and Wasafiri. Paul O’Kane teaches at Central St Martins and Chelsea art colleges, London, where his seminars focus on art’s relationship to technology, history and narrative. Paul also teaches art history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

In association with the Korean Cultural Centre on the occasion of the exhibition A Portrait in Fragments: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 1951- 1982 (24 September to 26 October 2013).

Saturday 26/10/2013 5:00 pm Cinema 1

List of films in running order

Mouth to Mouth, 1975
8 min, b&w, sound

Re Dis Appearing, 1977
3 min, b&w, sound

Vidéoème, 1976
3 min, b&w, sound

Permutations, 1976
10 min, b&w, silent


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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