an act or an offering, what if?, 2021wood, vinyl, and paint

Photos: Scott Lynch; Sofie Kjørum Austlid

Exploring ideas of belief and her own family lineage, Huo’s structure incorporates text and images referencing Mormonism and Korean shamanism. A wooden archway, steps, and a ramp covered in vinyl landscapes, skyscapes, and words encourage participants to reflect on creating new narratives beyond colonized religious histories. As a part of the project, Huo is recording What If? Belief Podcast, which connects, archives, and amplifies the voices of QTBIPOC (Queer / Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth, adults, and seniors around how they navigate their own belief systems. 

Sanctuary to me is an active journey to understand one’s core belief systems and the power within themselves. My sculpture, an act or offering, what if?, questions what informs the way we believe and why. The sculpture is a meditative space for reflection, conversation, and storytelling.

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About the Artist

A Korean person with black hair is wearing a cream button down top with brown quilted pants and is sitting in a chair with arms forward. There are tattoos that are visible on each arm. A plant and a corner of a table is visible in the foreground and in the background there is a beige couch.

Image by Saif Al-Sobaihi.

Gi (Ginny) Huo is a Korean American artist and educator exploring the intentions of what people believe and the legacies of religious systems. Huo received a BFA at Brigham Young University and a MFA at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts.

Huo’s work has recently been exhibited and screened at places such as BAMCinemafest (2021), Smithsonian Archives of American Art (2020), and University of Southern California Queer and Trans Asian Short Films Festival (2019). She has participated in residencies such as NADA House Residency, NY (2020), SHIFT Residency, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY (2020), Queens Museum Art Action Academy (2016), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2015), Takt Artist Residency in Berlin (2015). Huo’s work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Studio Magazine, ART PAPERS, TAYO Literary Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail.

She is currently the Manager, Youth Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem and Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design, The New School. She believes that art and education are powerful tools for liberation.


Instagram: gi_huo

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