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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Haram Kang

Starting with the idea of creating a space to help artists undertaking an international residency, connect with each other and the city around them, we began to consider what opportunities arise when something is lost or left in transience. Working as seven curators for whom English is a second language, we wondered what possibilities emerge from misunderstanding and miscommunication. In our response to the original brief from Delfina Foundation, we proposed that when something is lost in translation or transition, this is not a moment of failure but of creative potential to be valued. 

What does losing mean? Is it possible or even desirable to archive these lost moments? Is it possible to generate new communicative possibilities through losing?  

The Archive of Losing is a propositional space for actively losing; losing as a poetic mode for unlearning, unlearning as a liberating measure. We explore the potential of spaces in-between to embody losing as a reflexive destructuring. In our curatorial display, the commissioned artists Giulia Frascino and Josh Clague use image and text as an invitation to the audience to experiment with the possibilities of losing. The live element of our proposal, a performance by Gianna T, explores the creative potential of misalignment and unlearning of conventions.

Image: Giulia Frascino. HIATO (waiting room), 2023, drawing part of multimedia installation

the installation view of the exhibition I've visited and I'll put in my essay

Haram Kang's practice is built upon her final dissertation titled Curatorial Space for Dare to Lose. Through this dissertation, she aims to explore the potential value of "losing" in a hyperactive and achievement-driven society where exploitation is possible even without domination. In such a society, the curatorial space that fosters lingering, hesitation, and being lost can serve as a means to disrupt the status quo and prompt us to contemplate without immediately reacting to external sovereignty. Using three exhibitions she experienced in London as case studies and employing curatorial theories as a method of autotheory, Haram analyses how curatorial spaces nurture viewers' negative capabilities and the inherent value in that process.

Haram began her journey at the RCA with the intention of reframing her previous commercial experience as an associate director of communications in Kukje Gallery, Seoul. Her research focuses on identifying the kind of curatorial practice needed in our current society and how to transform viewers' modes of perception and sensation intervening our status quo. This process involves self-dispersal and self-reconstruction in the formation of new ways of life. Haram intends to continue her exploration in these areas through future practices. 

She studied History of Art, International Studies and Advertising &Public Relations at Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

Image: Installation view of the long night as part of the exhibition We can no longer deny ourselves, at Somerset House Studios, 2022.