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Ideas for Resisting Artist Talk and Workshop

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1 PM

In the midst of a global pandemic, countless art and cultural workers ideated and implemented various ways to call out and change inequitable practices in arts and cultural institutions. These actions or ideas ranged from open letters, social media accounts, protest signs, and more. Similarly, artists in the RESISTING section of ARCHIVE MACHINES used archival materials as a means to critique histories of colonization and structural injustices within an institutional framework and everyday life.


Program attendees learned more about exhibition artists Woohee Cho, Malisa Humphrey and Farrah Karapetian’s works in the exhibition along with their ideas for resisting. This program also had a crowdsourcing component, where participants were encouraged to share their own questions, ideas or tools for resisting to create a living resource embedded on LAMAG’s website.


This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

About Woohee Cho

Woohee Cho is an LA-based interdisciplinary artist working with video installation and performance. Cho is interested in personal trauma, marginalized identities built up alongside cyberspace, and how his own body acts as a public sphere within the sociopolitical context. Working with personal experiences, Cho endeavours to expose and queer the structural irony of patriarchal, heterosexual norms. By using his own body as the active agent, material, and medium of artwork, Cho confronts discomfort and trauma within the work and serves as the playground/battleground for discourse. Cho’s work aims to generate discourses related to identity politics, intersectional feminism, social engagement, sexual identity in the junction of technology. Cho received a BFA from Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR, and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.


About Malisa Humphrey

Malisa Humphrey is a Los Angeles based artist whose work has exhibited and screened at Richard Telles Fine Arts, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Armory Center for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, the Oakland Museum of California and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She received a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Berkeley and a MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego. In 2017, she was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.


About Farrah Karapetian

Farrah Karapetian is an artist and public thinker based in California, who works with narratives of individual agency. Her transdisciplinary, research-based practice incorporates sculptural and performative means to push the medium of photography to an activation of bodily experience and participation. Her work is in multiple public collections, and she has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Program.