AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence: Ivetta Sunyoung Kang

Project: String Figure

Residency period: April 25 to Jul 19, 2022

Tenderhands Email Project

Tenderhands Email Project (2020-ongoing), merging into String Figure, Ivetta Sunyoung Kang

Internal struggles cued by external contingencies like the current pandemic share the fear of unknown and unmanageable uncertainty in public spaces with clinically diagnosed agoraphobia patients. The importance of learning therapeutic/clinical approaches from agoraphobia studies has therefore arisen to be practiced by a broader range of people who are not diagnosed with agoraphobia yet have been living involuntarily in agoraphobia-inducing circumstances. String Figure virtually brings together six friends who have experienced severe lockdowns across the globe. Each person enacts a string figure exercise at home, and it grows as a written score and travels to the next friend, asking them to add their own way of playing string figure, varied by personal memories and geo-cultural traditions. All the virtual journeying string figure performances will function as a grounding companion that represents a safe realm where agoraphobic body and mind can be eased.

Ivetta Sunyoung Kang

Photo credit ⓒ ijo

Ivetta Sunyoung Kang is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto on the land now called Canada. She obtained an MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been presented at Sound Scene in partnership with the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2022), ArtScience Museum (2022), Dazibao (2022) and The Korean Cultural Center, Washington, DC (2021), among others. She has been awarded the RBC Newcomer Arts Award (2021). She has co-founded an artist collective, Quite Ourselves.

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