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Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung
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Art Collection Highlights - Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
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Each panel has a color photocopy attached. Each photocopy is an image with text. The images are based on family photographs of Cha's mother, father, brothers, sisters when young possibly before leaving Korea for America.
Images on some photocopies are superimposed ie. Cha's mother is superimposed over Cha's father or a wedding picture of Cha's mother is suerimposed over a family portrait of Cha and her siblings. When installed the panels should hang 2" apart. "Chronology" was exhibited at Galerie Finegal, Amsterdam in 1977.
In the text Cha is manipulating words/ language. The first panel reads "could HAve been kNot one." "knot" refers to 2 words "knot" and "not." "Knot" meaning a bond of union ie marriage or a fastening made by intertwining or tying together pieces of string, cord, rope. "Not" meaning a negative as in not being one but being two ie not one person but two possibly through marriage. "Ha" in "have" combined with "N" is a river in China and an ethnic group in China. "Ha" is also an exclamation of wonder. Cha in her text exposes the mulltiple meanings in words through this type of manipulation. By combining the text with family images Cha also exposes the relationships and meanings between words/language and images. See museum# 1992.4.48-49/362/556
Work on paper Color photocopies attached to 18 pieces/panels of pressboard. Hooks for hanging the board/panels are taped to the verso of each board/ panel. w8.5 x h14 inches
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