Degrees of My Deaf Rage in The Art World

Artist: Christine Sun Kim
painting | Charcoal and oil pastel on paper | 1250x1250mm | 2018

In her group of charcoal drawings Christine Sun Kim represents different degrees of what she calls “Deaf rage” with hand-drawn charts that graph scenarios privileging the needs of hearing individuals. Outwardly these measurements appear objective, but Kim undercuts their authority with strikethroughs, smudges, and sly puns. Charting frustrations in everyday and art-world environments alike, the images invite viewers to engage on an informal, personal level with specific aspects of Deaf culture—a term that has been used to make visible the social values, histories, and art that share sign language as a connector. Kim first showed these works in an exhibition she titled With a Capital D, pointing to the distinction of this culture from physical deafness. (Collection of Ms. DU Yan / 杜妍女士. Image courtesy the artist and White Space, Beijing)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)