Bang Geul Han
Working across video, performance, text and code, I’m interested in examining digital manifestations of activities closely associated with the feminine: talking about love, emotions, confessions, journal writing, eavesdropping and gossiping. My work explores the limits and possibilities of technological and linguistic frameworks while questioning how we internalize these limits especially in the context of women’s voices and their stories, through its construction, distribution and dismissal.
Digital and electronic technologies play an important role in my practice in various stages of each project, from research, collecting materials to production and presentation. Most importantly, it allows me to construct environments where otherwise impossible narratives can take place: not only it can provide a way of accessing, archiving, and connecting widely scattered and often ephemeral stories and materials but also it creates a mediated space where a speaker can present her or his story while keeping certain emotional and/or physical distance.
I’m interested in ways in which we say what we can’t say. My work often starts from a deeply private place. My goal is to take something very personal and turn it into a point of entry for a wider community without losing the intimacy, and/or pain.
Bang Geul Han (b.1978, Seoul, Korea) is an interdisciplinary artist working between video, performance, text and code. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in such venues as Queens Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, in New York, Galerie Les Territories, Projet Pangee in Montreal, Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea in Rome. Han is a recipient of a number of artist residencies and fellowships including Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2016), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program (2011-2012), MacDowell Colony (2009) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007). She lives and works in New York City.