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Young Joon Kwak

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Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984, Queens, New York; lives and works in Los Angeles) received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2014, MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2010, and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. A multi-disciplinary artist, Kwak is the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving beauty salon/platform for experimental performance collaborations with her community of queer, trans, femme, POC artists and performers, and the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner. She has had solo exhibitions at Cerritos College Art Gallery, CA (2020); Cloaca Projects, San Francisco (2019); Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada (2018); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2018); Satellite, Seoul, South Korea (2014); and Happy Dog Gallery, Chicago (2012). Kwak has performed at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India (2018); Art Museum of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá (2018); Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); The Broad, Los Angeles (2016); Le Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’Art Contemporain, Clichy, France (2016); and Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2014). Selected group exhibitions have been held at deli gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2020); Gas, Los Angeles (2018); 47 Canal, New York (2018); Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); MANA Contemporary, Chicago (2017); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2017); Smack Mellon, New York (2016); Machine Project, Los Angeles (2015); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015). Kwak is the recipient of the KAFA Award (2019); the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Art Matter Grant (2016), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Artist Community Engagement Grant (2016), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Ox-Bow Scholarship for Sculptors (2011).