Grant Summary
Support for a new body of work involving trans performance objects.
Artist Statement
My practice moves beyond the confines of the studio, gallery, stage, and institution, into interstitial social realms. I collaborate with my community of femme, queer, trans, POC artists and performers as the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving beauty salon and platform for performances that experiment with heterogeneous forms of social engagement. This collective endeavor explores alternatives for inhabiting a world in which “other” bodies are increasingly objectified, exploited, and policed. My sculptures, video, sound, and performances push the plasticity of materials and use found objects, costuming, props, and digital technologies to propose different ways of viewing and interpreting bodies, objects, and spaces as mutable and open-ended.
  • Makeover Model & Musical Beauty Instruments 2016, Young Joon Kwak, Mixed Media. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Untitled still from performance at the Hammer Museum. 2016, Young Joon Kwak, Archival Pigment Print. Photo by Christopher Richmond/Mutant Salon.

  • Wig Heel Purse 2016, Young Joon Kwak, Mixed Media. Courtesy of the artist.