St Heliers Street Gallery: Retreat
‘Retreat’ is a new site-specific installation by Christine Ko that continues the artist’s exploration of marginality, invisibility and the state of being caught in-between. Ko’s practice often draws from her own immigrant experience to create psychologically charged spaces that the audience is invited to immerse themselves within.
Black streamers feature heavily in her installations and form a core element of her visual language. As a child, Ko received many compliments on her shiny straight black hair and she began to view her hair as a feature that defined her as visibly Chinese and automatically marked her as ‘different’. Black streamers are used as a metaphorical representation of Chinese hair as a way to question the stereotypes and other pre-determined perceptions of Chinese identity which can render a person invisible, but which can also be used as a ‘ready-made’ identity with which to hide behind.
Sign up to the Convent’s monthly e-news, The Humbug, to keep abreast of what’s on at the Convent.