{re}position, Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum
Co-Curated along with Jisu Yang and Cherry Yang

Curatorial Statemnet:

{re}position is a point of entry into a conversation that addresses how a western canonized pedagogy has impacted our positionality as artists and designers and gives individuals a space to reflect on the ways they have engaged with other their non-western narratives.Our current training in the field of art and design is a direct result of previous colonial and unequal power structures. While we are both beneficiaries and victims of this past, we must acknowledge that academic institutions today and throughout history have had a great influence on the personal practices of artists and designers.

We as students of RISD explore how this position of existing in an inherently western institution informs the way we recover, revise or reinvent histories and knowledge of art and design lost during colonial rule. We intend to provide a space for artists, designers and viewers to reflect and acknowledge our participation in the educational system of the west, which has been and still is exclusionary. 

We would want to acknowledge that our work is a product of the dominant western canon within our education system but also intends to break free from it by referring to an alternate canon - our own lost histories and our attempts of recovering it. It is this hybrid of lost and enforced knowledge that has to lead us to {re}position our practices.

On Spatial Organization:

Given the theme of the exhibit, we refused to organize work in gridded and institutional orders previously expressed within the space. We worked on developing spatial relationships that allowed the viewer to deviate from the regular path along the walls. Thus we established a deliberate experience of weaving through the exhibit to allow for viewers to engage with works, flip through publications, and immerse themselves in the three distinct sections of the exhibit.