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International adoption and Nordic neo-colonialism: (Dis)ComfortAN(d)AlieNation: The X-raced Mut(at)ed Speak
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages. koreanska.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
2006 (English)In: Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This is a collaborative multimedia project consists of a film, an exhibition and a performance, and deals with the history of international adoption between Korea and Scandinavia, by number of deportations and industrial efficiency yet unprecedented in world history. After decades of having been represented and spoken for, adult Korean adoptees are today beginning to speak out about their own unique experiences of alienation, deprivation, and homelessness, regaining agency through repairative academic work and art production. Placing international adoption in an historical context and giving this muted minority a space of expression, an explorementarium or translab is established. The laboratory is an antechamber of anticipation and modulation stirring the roles of viewer, investigator, and actor. This inventive and explorative space defies a clear definition, miming the paradoxical realm of adoptee identity where the Self is indulged, digested, and decomposed. This laboratory of dissimilation and transgression is characterized by the trans experience; transrace, transgender, transclass, transculture, transnationality.

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international adoption, Korea, Scandinavia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22314OAI: diva2:188841
Available from: 2006-12-11 Created: 2006-12-11Bibliographically approved

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