Artist talk: Ibanjiha, Art, Life, and Legend


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Ibanjiha, an iconic queer contemporary artist, performer, and writer based in Seoul, South Korea, will give a lecture performance, to share their multidisciplinary works and artistic vision. The talk and Q&A will be in English, with the last 20 minutes reserved for Q&A in Korean.

Date: Friday, February 18, 2022; 8:00PM – 9:30PM Eastern Time

About the artist:
Ibanjiha*(a.k.a. SoYoon Kim) is a multidisciplinary artist based in South Korea. Since 2004, Ibanjiha have been creating queer figures crossing gender boundaries via various media forms, including drawing, painting, 2D and VR animation. Ibanjiha is widely known with their signature original songs and performances in queer communities and beyond.

They are a bestselling author of their first essay collections Ibanjiha: a queer next door, which was published in 2021. The book has been selected for “Ten Books of the Year” by Aladdin, one of the biggest online bookstores in South Korea, and also listed for “the Thirty Best books for Teens in 2021” by Korean Publishers Association. Ibanjiha is selected for 2022 Goyang artist-in-residence program run by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea.

*Ibanjiha, a compound word created by the artist, literally means a queer (Iban) in a basement (Jiha).

Chair: Robert Diaz (Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, U of Toronto) & Hae Yeon Choo (Associate Professor, Sociology, U of Toronto)

This talk is organized by the Centre for the Study of Korea and co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto and WIND Toronto Korean Feminist Collective

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