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Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984 in Queens, NY) is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily with sculpture and performance. Kwak’s sculptures reimagine the function, material, and form of objects, in order to propose different ways of viewing and interpreting bodies as mutable and open-ended. She is the founder of Mutant Salon, a platform for performance collaborations with her community of queer, trans, femme, POC artists. Performances and exhibitions include: the Hammer Museum, The Broad, REDCAT, and ONE National LGBT Archives, Los Angeles; Regina Rex and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; and Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’Art Contemporain, Clichy, France. She received an MFA from the University of Southern California (2014), MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago (2010), and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007).

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