Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe
Youngsook Choi, in collaboration with Taey Iohe, has used the bursary to research colonial botany and shamanic plants; develop the ideas of inter-species symbiotic care; launch an experimental working group with invited practitioners whose works are anchored on decolonising botanical science; and set up mentoring sessions for further development beyond the bursary period. The working group had a public launch event on 15th June, more information and a recording of the event can be found below.
Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe form Breakwater, a London-based Korean diaspora artist duo. With a mutual interest in counter-narratives of spiritual knowledge, folklore, and queer methodologies, Youngsook and Taey's collaborative practice centres around socio-politics of post-colonialism, climate justice, and migrant's lived experiences. As a recipient of an Arts Council England Project Grant, Breakwater has been running a collective healing project Becoming Forest for East and Southeast Asian diaspora, adopting a folk healing approach that values shared cultural identity, seasonal sense and natural environments as critical methodologies. Along with the radio commission by Arts Catalyst (2020-21), this bursary project is the stretch from their ongoing exploration of planetary healing, colonial taxonomy in botanical science and non-white bodies in natural landscapes. Choi and Iohe both currently live and work in London.
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