AM I?, I AM
By Showna Kim (2018), Europäische Kulturtage 2018: Open Borders BBK of Karlsruhe curated by HfG-Alumna Lisa Bergmann, Changings, Awakenings: Equal Rights for All, BEZIRKSVERBAND BILDENDER KUNSTL ERINNEN, Orgelfabrik Durlach, Karlsruhe, Germany
The work AM I?, I AM deals with social views of homosexuality in South Korea, namely the negative views perpetuated by the public protests of conservative Christian groups who have rather visibly spoken out against the LGBTQ+ community. The text on the posters comes from messages collected from the protesters’ signboards and documentary films, which have been graphically re-assembled together.
South Korea is incredibly conservative when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues. The nation does not offer legal protection for LGBTQ+ citizens, who are considered second class. In addition to the lack of legal protection, LGBTQ+ individuals experience rejection and isolation from family, workplace, neighbourhood, and society in general.
– Showna Kim