Youngsook Choi is a multi-disciplinary artist, public arts practitioner and researcher with a PhD in human geography.
Youngook’s practice stands in line with feminist geography that concerns underrepresented social subjects and undocumented histories through the voice of minorities in regard to specific places and spaces. Youngsook produced a series of works about female factory workers both in a rural area and urban industrial complex, provoking conversations around contemporary value system of human labour. Since settling in London in 2014, her practice has carried on being critical about institutionalised abuse of human labour and nature in a global system, interpreting neo-liberalists’ progression as a highly militant operation based on the brutal hierarchy that divides humanity and exploits nature. Her body of visual works dis-camouflage and performative series about migrant cleaners are part of this criticism.
Being trained in human geography, psycho-geography is another key context in Youngsook’s practice. She often develops a poetic walk or site-specific performance with peculiar instructions. Youngsook initiated the collective Gate 22 as a platform to engage research and art projects around the post-colonial military territory in Seoul. The performance-based workshop Land Rites also shares this context. It looked into the land as an active agency for emotional and spiritual interaction. One of her recent commissions, Headland adopted an everyday technique of carrying things on a head, still a common practice in many parts of the world, as a ritualistic gesture of connecting memories, places and body.
Youngsook worked with various institutions and communities such as Barbican Centre, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, MK Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture in UK and Sexuality Museum for Young People, Women and Space Festival, JobArte in Korea. Youngsook currently lives in East London and is a member of a creative collective RARA, working as a co-programmer for a series of public workshop ‘RARA School’.