The fifty fifty arts collective in partnership with the Integrate Arts Festival, present Romi Kim's exhibition: Bad Canadian, Bad Korean. This exhibition marks the beginning of the collective's new programming year and a return to a regular schedule of exhibitions following a short summer break.
The official opening of Bad Canadian, Bad Korean is at 7pm, Saturday, August 26th, however the gallery will be open starting 10am for viewing as part of the Integrate Art Crawl and will run until Monday, September 3rd at noon.
Romi Kim is a first generation Korean Canadian woman who is often questioning her identity. Where does she come from? Who does she belong with? Whose lands are we on presently?- are a few of the questions asked. Kim grew up in the small town of Armstrong where the population is 5000 and where the population of Koreans was her family. Kim has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Visual Arts and Gender Studies at the University of Victoria. She primarily works within an interdisciplinary approach in video, installation, performance, and media.
In Kim’s practice, she investigates themes of racialization, nationality, and colonialism with the use of storytelling and often times a smidge of humour. In the summer of 2016, she created a video animation that is on display as part of the permanent exhibition at the New Westminster Museum. Kim is passionate about creating art for not only the contemporary art audience but for the broader public. This year she will be working abroad in a rural community in South Korea to work at a school and learn more about Korea.
the fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavour to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facillitates the dissemenation of the ideas and work of others.
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibilty is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibilty can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org