Nov 11-Mar 5
HUB Gallery at Penn State University
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
An exhibition of film-based performance, ceramic sculpture, and installation by New York City based artist duo AYDO (A young Yu & Nicholas Oh). All are welcome to join the artists for a School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series artist talk on November 14, 3–4 p.m. in the Palmer Lipton Auditorium followed by a reception celebrating their work 5–7 p.m. HUB Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center.
Dreams explores ancestral and personal dreams through sculptural and video installations. Ancestral dreams refer to the experiences of the artists’ ancestors, which they recall and meditate on through spiritual ritual-based practices that center on themes of generational trauma, family, and diaspora.
Through performance-based film and site-specific installation, AYDO re-imagine Korean folklore and precolonial spiritual practices to reflect personal and Asian American perspectives. They are not faithful to historical canon and transgress older traditions, regenerating them within diasporic contexts through methods of disruption and transformation. Performances are filmed in spaces ranging from ritual spaces and temples to sites of colonization and ongoing political tension, from disfigured buildings and unmarked graves to immersive environments constructed in the studio. They activate these spaces by distilling narratives and visual cues from our heritage and, through processes of reimagination, create new stories. New stories explore themes of race, Western imperialism, gender, sexuality, and migration.