Mequitta Ahuja speaks at Depaul Art Museum on May 15, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, War Baby / Love Child artist Mequitta Ahuja, who is featured on the book cover and exhibition promotional material, spoke about her practice as a painter and her strategy of “Automythography” (see her work at: at the DePaul University Art Museum.

Co-curator Laura Kina and artist Mequitta Ahuja with DePaul student and Art, Media, & Design faculty Bibiana Suarez, Annie Heckman, and Paulo Cabal, May 15, 2013.

CAN TV filmed the event and will air the entire lecture in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Mequitta Ahuja and co-curator Laura Kina’s interview about the show and Mequitta’s work on Vocalo radio (90.7FM).

Mequitta Ahuja, Molly Adams, Laura Kina, Brian Babylon at the Vocalo studio May 16, 2013


Mequitta Ahuja at Vocalo radio (90.7FM)

Jane Jin Kaisen (b. 1980)
The Woman, the Orphan, and the Tiger, 2010
Single-channel video, DVCPRO 720p
75 min
By Jane Jin Kaisen in collaboration with Guston Sondin-Kung. Main contributors to the film: Grace M. Cho, Jane Jeong Trenka, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Maja Lee Langvad, Soni Kum, Tammy Chu, Nathalie-Mihee Lemoine, Nu Young Nim, Pak Chun Sung, Myung Ki Suk, Rachel, Isabel.
Courtesy of the artist

The film exposes how military and patriarchal violence against women and children became central in international geopolitical negotiations. It creates a strategic genealogy between three generations of women: the former comfort women who were subjected to sexual slavery by the Japanese military, women who have been sex workers around U.S. military bases in South Korea, and South Korean international adoptees.

Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist born in South Korea and adopted to Denmark in 1980. She has an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of California Los Angeles and is a Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program alumni. Working in a project-based manner within the mediums of film, performance, and writing, she creates multi-layered narratives that seek to renegotiate representations of memory, history, and transnational subjectivity. Kaisen has exhibited her works and screened her films in various contexts in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Beyond her individual artistic practice, she is part of the artist collective itinerant_sends_for_itinerant with Guston Sondin-Kung.