Els Roelandt
Cecilia Vicuña about Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

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Was it coincidence or just serendipity? How three artists: Heide Hinrichs (Germany, 1976) Cecilia Vicuña (Chile, 1948) and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (South Korea, 1951-1982) cross KIOSK's path.

Cecilia Vicuña's admiration for Theresa Hak Kyung Cha is so overflowing that she writes an ode to the South Korean artist who was murdered in New York in 1982. In the tribute Vicuña discloses how she was unable to save Hak, how she didn't hear her cry for help and therefore will remain forever nothing more than her 'Distant Relative'.

In the autumn of 2020, visual artist Heide Hinrichs - at that time a guest at KIOSK with her solo exhibition ringing critical forests - compiled a list of books that she believes belong in every art library. Some books by and about the Korean artist Therese Hak Kyung Cha and Cecilia Vicuña lead the list: Essential Reading #17 at the Kunstenbibliotheek.

The poetic essay Rain Dreamed by Sound: Reading Theresa Hak Kyung Cha by Cecilia Vicuña was written in January 2020 and subsequently published as the opening article of the online magazine Minds Rizing. Minds Rizing is the extended mind of the 13th edition of the Gwangju Biennial (26 February - 9 May 2021, compiled by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala).


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