Throat Sound is a lecture performance that explores Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s iconic genre bending novel, Dictee. Like Dictee, Throat Sound highlights the struggle to speak and collages various languages, historical texts and photographs, often without translation to preserve the feeling of Otherness. RHEE collapses several narratives into her own and calls on the audience to speak with her. Making use of Cha’s structural methodology in her evocation of the nine muses, RHEE (re)mixes Greek mythology and recalls the “comfort women,” the Zainichi (Korean Japanese), Asian American immigration, and her own experience with gender based violence, all the while questioning how individual and collective trauma shapes an ethnic and national ethos.
Throat Sound (목소리): The Limitation and Liberation of Language, 2018, lecture performance, Gallery damdam, Korean Cultural Center, Berlin 2018, on the occasion of MAH-UHM, the solo exhibition of Theresa Hak Young Cha, curated by Ka Hee Jeong
Lecture Performance and Artist Talk, University of Regensburg, Germany 2019, invited by Prof. Kirsten Twelbeck
Visiting Artist Lecture Performance, as part of the program Viet (Le) and friends, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2020