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A Study on Installation Drawings by Yiso Bahc: ‘Informality’ as a ‘Form’ of Postcolonialism

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2023, 70(), pp.6-32
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.70.0.01
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 16, 2023
  • Accepted : September 12, 2023
  • Published : October 31, 2023

Hwa-Young Kwon 1

1이화여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Yiso Bahc’s pioneering activity is significantly important to Korean contemporary art during the 1990s. Despite antecedent studies on Bahc, an academic analysis of his installation drawings has not been a focus yet. This thesis seeks to elucidate the meaning of Bahc’s installation drawings and establish their status by considering the inherent subject of the works conceptualized as “informality.” So far, prior studies on Bahc made dichotomous categorizations such as the period of “Mo Bahc/Yiso Bahc,” Yiso Bahc as an artist/activities” and “art/non-art activities.” This thesis, however, adopts a holistic perspective embracing Bahc’s entire works to place the acts of resistance and “postcolonial resistance consciousness” in his artworks in a coherent continuum. By referring to the practice of “writing-back,” observed in postcolonial literature, “informality in installation drawing” is positioned to the realm of artistic postcolonial strategies, and are thereby given higher significance. By expanding the scope of the study on Yiso Bahc’s practice through his installation drawings, this thesis underscores its importance in adding a range and a layer of interpretations to his artistic output.

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