My Own Blind Spots
September 21 – November 2, 2019 | press release | catalogue
Inhwan Oh’s My Own Blind Spots couples video surveillance with a meditation on the order of seeing and being seen to reveal processes of social and cultural subversion synced across two galleries: Commonwealth and Council and Baik Art.
How do we disavow social norms to navigate difference? How do we feel out the margins of visibility and find parallel spaces for othered communities to exist and thrive? Oh calls this the cultural blind spot—a psychic space that sustains and nurtures difference while allowing the individual to perform in mainstream society. A kind of overlay one may access through a gap in the surveilling view, the transition marked by a switch in perspective, the fruition of queer spaces—transient but always prevalent, organized by word-of-mouth—in cities where homosexuality is illicit.
Inhwan Oh’s conceptual artwork and participatory projects draw on the contexts of particular spaces and times, based on his interest in sociocultural issues. Utilizing his own experiences as a gay man living in Korea, his process-driven work translates and deconstructs the relationship between individual identity and collectivity within patriarchal societies, as well as the cultural codes shaped therein.