Biography

Gina Kim, who joined the UCSD’s Ph.D. program in art history, theories and criticism in 2015, is focusing on modern and contemporary East Asian visual culture. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the U.S. in 2012 in order to broaden her perspective on East Asian art history within transnational contexts. From 2014 to 2015, she worked at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art sponsored by the Korea Foundation, and co-curated an exhibition entitled Korean True-view Paintings and Virtuous Scholars (2015) there. Prior to that, she completed her MA studies in art history at the University of Oregon. In her MA thesis entitled Visualizing Colonial Beauty: Female Figure Paintings by Yi Yu-tae, 1943-44,” she examined a provocative yet understudied aspect of modern Korean and Japanese visual representations of women.

Pursuing a Ph.D. in art history, Gina is motivated to develop her arguments further into a more rigorous and intensive analysis of the interconnections between women, gender, and nation, while expanding her sphere of research to East Asian figure paintings. In addition, critical reading of gender, sex and sexuality in modern and contemporary East Asian visual culture including installations, performance, videos, photographs, illustrations and comics continues to drive her research.

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