Arts and Culture
This presentation reports research on Paris based Korean artists’ dynamic processes of identity formation and the implications that these process have for art education. The study uses postcolonial theories that illuminate the dialectical process of hybrid cultural production in the global dimension. The artists’ identities narrated elucidate the recognition of difference with others; this identification merges as the artists simultaneously escape from and discover their Korean identities. The artists’ childhood experiences and memories work as reflective thinking in their different context, and because of their search for an individual identity, Korean culture serves substratum in their art making. When their identity formation and practice are in constant negotiation with difference, this results in learning and translating from others. They assume an open universality necessary to communicate at an international level, and as a consequence these artists’ identity shaping always involves the processes of a doubling and dividing of reflections of existing Korean identities as well as the building of new ones. In this dualistic state, the artists’ multiple identities remain heterogeneous, composed of contradictory factors that are revealed in the artists’ hybrid artworks.