Korean Adoptees-the archeology of Adoption

From the Adoptions News
From the AHL Foundation
Archaeology of Adoption August 27 – September 24, 2008
Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service
460 Park Avenue @57th ST, New York, NY
Opening Reception with the Artists: Wednesday, September 3, 6-8pm
The AHL Foundation – a not-for- profit arts foundation – presents Archaeology of Adoption, an Exhibition of Korean Adoptee Artists.
AHL attempts to focus on artists who deal with relatively relegated issues through their experience as Korean adoptees. This exhibition addresses the issue of adoption, something the artists have taken for granted, and shares it with audiences who may not have thought about it.
Moreover, adoption, in itself, jeopardizes all the social constructs on memory, nostalgia, and on what composes a family. The artists in this exhibition raise questions such as how one can trace something that they never experienced or whether nostalgia for a specific place could be strong to those who had spent a very short time there.
The issue of adoption has been marginalized in the postcolonial and identity political discourse. Identity as a Korean adoptee is on the border of established racial, national, and cultural boundaries. Artists in this exhibition challenge all kinds of accepted notions that we take for granted and also, never give up.
Furthermore, the artists tackle what can be called blind spots in discussing the issue of adoption.
Maya Weimer interviews Korean birth mothers, who abandoned their own children, transforming it into video work with images while the identities of the women are hidden.
Jane Jin Kaisen explores the way adoption has conveyed Orientalism as Asian babies were regarded as the exotic Other.
Jung Woo Lim, a director, made a documentary film of an adoptee, following his travel to Korea in order to meet his birth family.
Jette Hye Jin Mortensen shows a mock documentary, where she juxtaposes archival images of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen with those of her great grandfather.
Other adoptee artists challenge all the established notions including identity and nationality.
Marcel Proust said “Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.”
AHL Foundation tries to make an opportunity for the public to encounter a new experience through this
exhibition, and an opportunity for the adoptee artists to communicate their messages and experiences with the public.
They request your support in providing this opportunity to the artists of this exhibition. Your participation and sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.
The names of donors, regardless of the amount, will be printed inside the Exhibition Catalogue. (the catalogue dead line is July 30,2008).
If you want to donate, here are the coordinates :
AHL Foundation, Inc.
545 Asharoken Ave.
Northport, NY 11768

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