Ssitkimgut

Thu, Aug 11 / 1–3 pm

Join us for a looping presentation of Garmenting artist Ayoung Yu’s recently recorded, Ssitkimgut. The video documents a ritual-based performance in an immersive installation composed of 500 hand-carved ceramic tiles, wood, and earth, constructed in the artist’s studio. Originally performed live at MAD as part of the Garmenting performance series, Ssitkimgut  was created in collaboration with artists Nicholas Oh, Antonius Bui, and dancer/choreographer Sohye Kim. The performance centers the Korean ancestral ssitkimgut ritual, during which the spirits of the deceased are cleansed and guided into the afterlife. In this new adaptation, the choreography and costuming of the original dance are retained and recontextualized as personal meditations. 

The 45-minute digital video will loop from one to four pm. Visitors are invited to drop in at any time during their visit to the Museum.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ayoung Yu received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. She was awarded an Artist in the Market (AIM) Fellowship by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Gold Prize by the AHL-T&W Foundation, the Individual Artist Fellowship by the MidAtlantic Foundation of Arts and was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist grant. Her work also was featured in the Christie’s educational annual journal. She has exhibited at venues such as Fredric Snitzer Gallery, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Time Square Space, Jewish Museum, and Vermont Studio Center. Her 2020 digital video, Mourning Rituals, is currently on view in Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art.

Nicholas Oh received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has been an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Sculpture Space, and Shigaraki Cultural Park. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the National Building Museum (Smithsonian Institute), Spring Break Art Show, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Mills College Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Institute, and the RISD Museum. Nicholas currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brooklyn College. He has previously taught at Greenwich House Pottery, Bennington College, Sacramento State University, and Oxfordshire Arts.

Sohye Kim is a principal dancer at the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in New York. She received her BFA in classical ballet at Korea National University of the Arts and completed an apprenticeship in contemporary dance at Peridance Center. Throughout her career, Kim has performed for choreographers: Igal Perry, Alice Klock, Yin Yu, Dwight Roden, Yoshito Sakuraba, Enzo Célli, Jaeman Jo, Mike Esperanza. Kim also co-founded art collective, GRIMM, based in New York and Seoul.

Image: Still from Ssitkimgut, 2022. Courtesy of Ayoung Yu.

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors five and up are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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