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Korean Diaspora Featured at the Center of American Arts image

Korean Diaspora Featured at the Center of American Arts

What is it like to be Korean-American – or to be someone else identified by multiple hyphenated identities? A diverse group of creative artists addressed this very question during Identities in Motion, a multimedia performance event combining video, dance, and music at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC on Friday, May 18, sponsored in part by the Korean Cultural Center.


In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the gallery’s latest Portraits After 5 event held in the expansive central courtyard highlighted the multiple cultures and identities inherent in immigrant communities in the United States, complimenting the gallery’s exhibit Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.


Korean American photographer CYJO, one of seven artists featured in the exhibit, were prominently featured, with projections of her work splashed across three stories of the gallery’s inner walls. The dance performance incorporated visual expressions of the Korean-American experience with musical and motion adaptations prepared by a Korean American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and composers Anthony Paul De Ritis and Benoit Granier.