Kirogi (the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home)
Wild geese or “kirogi” in Korean is used to describe the contemporary condition of transnational families, living bifurcated migratory lives within multiple nation states. In the work, the water acts as a portal and the body transforms through its search for a cultural signifier of belonging and orientation, and is subjected to disorientation and precarity.
Informed by a lifetime of movement through the United States, Canada, and South Korea, Josephine Lee’s interdisciplinary practice is heavily informed by the psychic violence of cultural assimilation and naturalization through migration. Lee’s sculptures, installations, and performances, intersect narratives of dispossession and nationalism, making explicit how ideas of place are entangled within politics of citizenship and national identity. Within this framework, Lee’s materials and forms both signify and complicate overlapping identity formations, and notions of home and belonging.