David Khang

Photos 1, 2, 3 & 4 Paul Wong, 5 Jon Vincent/VANDOCUMENT

untitled (after Duchamp)

Curator: Glenn Alteen


David Khang is a visual and performance artist based in Vancouver. In recent works that incorporate live animals and organs of speech, Khang uses language as a trope to consider constructions and performativity of gender and race, contextualized within postcolonial history and contemporary popular culture. Using citational strategies, Khang mines historical events and treats them as ready-mades, producing divergent, tangential, and often hyperbolic readings, as a way to remix and re-imagine their poetic and political potentials. After completing his B.Sc. (Psychology) and DDS, both from the University of Toronto, Khang received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (2000), and MFA from the University of California, Irvine (2004), where he was the recipient of the UCI Chancellor’s Full Fellowship. He concurrently completed UCI’s Critical Theory Emphasis (2004), for which he studied with Jacques Derrida, David Joselit, and Laura Kang. Khang was born in Seoul, grew up in Toronto, and currently resides in Vancouver, where he is an Adjunct Faculty at the Emily Carr University, and Goddard College (Plainfield, Vermont). Khang is a 2006-7 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (NY), and in 2010, artist in residence at SymbioticA (Perth, AUS).