밥 (bap) exhibition

밥:
/pa̠p̚/ ; bap
rice; food; a meal.

The first solo exhibition of illustrator/artist Subin Yang in the UK (St Andrews, Scotland).

Subin is Korean, but has lived in India for several years and is now completing her studies in the US. Her works are therefore laden with the complexities of her mixed cultural background, but portray them in a bright and colourful manner. One of her main methods of navigating the different cultures she is exposed to is through the exploration of food. Her light-hearted illustrations function on both an informational as well as aesthetic level. Numbered instructions on how to create certain ethnic dishes are integrated into the visuals of her prints. Consequently, just as food can be shared and enjoyed by all, so do Subin’s works share the knowledge of her different backgrounds in a friendly and accessible way.

The exhibition was accompanied by a screening of short art film Oil + Ink, produced by Sarah Park and Vienna Kim for the Culture Y Film Festival that was put on for On The Rocks Festival this year. Much like Subin’s works, the film explores the theme of cultural identity through food and language. The film won 1st prize at the Culture Y Film Festival.

‘Oil + Ink’ explores how food and language are integral elements of a culture. While one can be shared between cultures, the other emphasises difference. Food can be consumed and enjoyed by all, whereas language must be invested into over time. Consequently, this film is both familiar, intimate, but also perhaps challenging, sometimes difficult to digest. It plays with comprehension, exclusion, and detachment with a place that should be home.

Some of the subtitles in this film are informative. They bridge the gap between an unknown language and understanding. Other subtitles bastardise language and add an element of humour. For the non-Korean speaker, this is something that one may not experience unless one asks a Korean friend to translate. So not everyone will understand every aspect of this film. And that’s kind of the point.’

Exhibition Curation: Vienna Kim and Sarah Park

Short Film Direction / Production: Sarah Park and Vienna Kim

Photography: Imogen Chappell

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Korean snacks for the exhibition visitors

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Curators Sarah Park and Vienna Kim
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