Boston

Christine Sun Kim, One Week of Lullabies for Roux, 2018, seven-channel audio, headphones. Installation view, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, 2019. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

Christine Sun Kim, One Week of Lullabies for Roux, 2018, seven-channel audio, headphones. Installation view, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, 2019. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

Boston

“Christine Sun Kim: Off The Charts”

MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames Street E15
February 7–April 12, 2020

Curated by Henriette Huldisch

Shit Hearing People Say to Me, 2019, a drawing by Christine Sun Kim, displays a pie chart with one segment labeled “My neighbor’s dog is deaf. You two should meet!” In another, Why My Hearing Parents Sign, 2019, a segment reads, “To make sure I feel loved.” Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’s “data portraits”—the strikingly modern infographics he created in 1900 to communicate the effects of racism on contemporary African American life—Kim’s pie charts, eleven of which will be on view at MIT, diagram the “Deaf rage” brought about by her interactions with hearing people. A seven-channel sound piece devoted to her daughter, One Week of Lullabies for Roux, 2018, will also feature in the exhibition. Kim’s works depicting family life signal a new confessional development in her oeuvre, adding affective and biographical complexity to her ongoing experiments in linguistic notation.