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Friday, 30 March 2012

New Performance Work by Samin Son












Continuing the life exploration of a South Korean Soldier, this work will take a subversive look at the daily routine and rituals of an artist who was required to do two years worth of service for South Korea. There is a saying in Korean "If you can't avoid it, you might as well ride it". I had to channel my non-conformist personality through the conventions by over-enthusiasm for the mundane pushing a threshold of the limits of conformity. During the army I trained for the riot police, had fasces thrown at me, and entered real life riot situations. To toughen me up for the experience, my senior officers would beat me. I had to clean the bathroom floor everyday using toothpaste. These moments were my only opportunities, stolen as they were, to indulge in artistic expression. For a time, illicit toothpaste self-portraits were my only medium, often scrawled on a mirror. For my performance I will be creating a live action taking an artistic and subversive license to the army conventions. I say once a soldier always a soldier and when the time comes to do the performance I will be ready to report to duty.


Proposal for a Performance Art Week


Happening at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in April 2012



Photos from White Fungus Issue 12 Launch Event in Wellington March 2012


The Russian Frost Farmers Gallery


http://www.therussianfrostfarmers.com/

http://www.enjoy.org.nz/

To watch the video of the performance at The Russian Frost Farmers:

http://youtu.be/2V22CS80FJo


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