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. Youngsook interprets neoliberalists’ progression as a highly militant operation based on the brutal hierarchy that divides humanity and exploits nature. Her ongoing series dis-camouflage is part of this criticism, adopting ‘post-coloniality’ as a key context. By adding on hand embroidered remarks to camouflage patterns in bold and contrasting manners, this performative series attempts to propagate humanistic narratives against naturalised militaristic ones as well as to reverse the artificial process of patterning nature that is originally diverse and colourful.
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 instructions demanding specific acts such as drawing, sewing and embodiment. Youngsook initiated the collective Gate 22 as a platform to engage research and art projects around the post-colonial military territory in Seoul. She organised the public walks requiring satirical acts to imagine trespassing the US military border such as drawing doors and windows on the wall and jumping on a trampoline as an attempt to peek into a top security area. The performance-based workshop Land Rites also shares this context. It looked into the land as an active agency for emotional and spiritual interaction, being resulted in drawing on costumes for inventive rituals. One of her recent commissions, Headland is an attempt of embodying psycho-geographical values of place-based memories. It adopts 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 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’.
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