CYJO (born 1974) is an American visual artist that works mainly in the photographic medium but also with text and video. She is most known for her KYOPO Project (2004-2009), a photographic and textual project about American immigration and identity through the lens of the Korean ancestry. Over 200 people explore their relationships with their ancestral culture and the other cultures they embody through citizenship or life experiences.
Her first major work in China, Substructure (2010), is a photographic, video and textual portrait series documenting internal migration through 50 Chinese migrants in Beijing. Other China based works include Moment, Moving Moments (2012) and Blue Sky Day (2010-ongoing). Moment, Moving Moments is a video portrait of Dashilar expressed through the individual and its context where the relationship between modernization and tradition is observed. Blue Sky Day is a portrait of industrialization through Beijing’s sky. Coloration patterns of the sky are documented into monthly grids (17 months to date) in correspondence with the Air Quality Index provided by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. This portrait is realized through photography and a multi-sensory installation.
As a westerner of Korean ethnicity, CYJO analyzes different cultural nuances and sometimes contradicting perspectives with her body of work. She continues to explore how culture, life experience, tradition and modernity shape both the individual and collective identity and how society influences the alteration of tradition and culture.
CYJO’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, JANM Museum, Los Angeles, T. Art Center, Beijing, Liang Dian Design Center, Beijing, China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts, Beijing, The Art Atrium, London and The Korea Society, New York. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and broadcast including A+A Magazine, Conveyor Magazine, ELLE Korea, Eloquence Magazine, Global Times, Le Journal De La Photographie, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Vision Magazine, CBS News and PBS Sunday Arts News. She has lectured at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Asia Society Texas Center Museum, The Korea Society, Miami University, San Francisco State University, NYU APA, Oversees Korean Foundation and The Ruben Museum of Art.
1994-1997 BFA, Magna Cum Laude, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
1995-1996 Instituto Politecnico Internazionale Della Moda, Italy
1992-1994 University of Maryland, College Park, MD
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Asia Society Texas Center Museum
The Beijing International Society
The Asian Art Museum
The Ruben Museum of Art
Putney School, National Geographic
The Korea Society
The New York Life Company
KACC The 3rd Asian American Student conference
San Francisco State University
Oversees Korean Foundation
2013 KYOPO, Walker Hill, Seoul
2012 Moment, Moving Moments, Dashilar, Beijing
2011 Substructure, The Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics
2010 Substructure, T. Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing
2008 KYOPO, The Korea Society, NYC
2013 Moment, Moving Moments, Beijing
2013 Cardinal Series, Beijing
2013 KYOPO, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
2012-2013 KYOPO, Asia Society Texas Center Museum, Houston, TX
2012 Blue Sky Day, China Museum of Digital Arts, Beijing
2012 Substructure, Dashilar, Beijing
2012 Beauty 01 & Blue Sky Day, The Liang Dian Beijing Design Center, China
2011–2012 KYOPO, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C