An A-historical Daydream
14th A.I.R. Biennial
On view in two phases—online and at A.I.R. Gallery's Brooklyn space—the 14th A.I.R. Biennial exhibition brings together 21 artists across a variety of media and practices to radically reconsider time, history, and the future.
By reflecting on canonical histories to conceive of a world not produced by colonialism, the artists construct counter-memories and visions of the future. Jin-Yong Choi’s work, for example, sits firmly in the latter camp: his sculpture Yeom-La Daewang Suit-1 (2020) [pictured] incorporates smartphones, solar panels, computer parts and lasers into futuristic wearable fashion. In the online portion of the exhibition, Caroline Garcia’s video Imperial Reminiscence (2018) pulls from the past, intercutting footage from golden age Hollywood films depicting fantasies of otherness to showcase a particular mode of violence passed on by the cultural industry. Meanwhile, Heesoo Kwon’s A Ritual for Metamorphosis (2019) fuses personal cosmologies and Korean shamanism to create a virtual space of reflection, reframing individual experiences within a utopian realm.
Jin-Yong Choi, Yeom-la Daewang Suit-1, 2020. iPhone 6, power generator, solar panel, tablet, computer, speaker, laser pointer, LED light, clothes, silicone, resin, epoxy clay, gemstone, crystal, mixed media, 52 x 36 x 22.5 inches.