Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Migratory Alchemical Transformations
Laurel V. McLaughlin
Art historian Laurel V. McLaughlin chose as her subject the life and work of the Korean American performance artist and poet Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, who fused her experience as an immigrant with her mystical performance art. Withoutmuch existing visual record of Cha’s art, so McLaughlin carefully reconstructs the scenes, choreography and manners of contact with viewers Cha chose and invented for her work. In doing so, sheweaves Cha’s family and immigration stories into a collage of fragments, aiming for a shamanistic state of inter-connection.