“My aim is to overcome my marginality through creating a utopian vision, which reconnects me to my childhood.” - the artist
My art explores my status as a half-Asian, queer artist, who has no sense of “home” in post-colonialist, feminist and psychoanalytical terms.
A specimen of globalization, I was born in Kazakhstan, my father - North Korean and my mother - Russian. Having caught a glimpse of the USSR, I have a conflicting perception of cultural systems. Unable to assimilate into any culture, I am a banished outsider with no origins.
Stemming from this inability to integrate, I am drawn to creating a utopia through my performance art: a paradise, where I can reinvent myself to whom I truly want to be, and not what the mundane reality holds in store. This performativity enables me to come to terms with my depression, where the saddening sense of nostalgia used to permeate my existence and taint every experience of reality that I had.
I work in a range of media including performance, film and painting.
My performances take the shape of drag queen style, “mockumentary” music videos, where I reenact pop culture songs, which bring me closer to this infantile state of euphoria and inner freedom.
"The Epiphany of Henut”: Taking inspiration from the British artist, Alison Jackson, this diptych portrays the objectification of the female body throughout human history in the shape of putting two women on the cross of different races: black and white. The series contextually bases itself on theorist, Judith Butler's essay, "Subversive Bodily Acts", which describes various idiosyncracies and subversions of queer communities. The females both have rabbit faces as part of Kan's creation of a half-human, half-animalistic, utopia creature. The works were completed during Kan's time at SIM residency in Reykavik, Iceland, which she was awarded this year. Both paintings were shown at SIM Studios, attracting a wide range of audiences from the Icelandic artistic public. They will similarly be presented at Herrick Gallery in Mayfair, London this October.
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