Gi (Ginny) Huo is an 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 Socrates Sculpture Park, BAMCinemafest, The Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and University of Southern California Queer and Trans Asian Short Films. She has participated in residencies and fellowships such as Robert Blackburn Printshop SIP Fellowship, SHIFT Residency Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Queens Museum Art Action Academy, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
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.
Drawing upon my conservative Mormon upbringing, I explore the intentions of what people believe and the legacies of religious systems. Using my family photo archives, I retrace my grandfather’s story, the first Mormon in Incheon, Korea, baptized by Mormon missionaries. How does one reckon with the trauma of religious colonization? How does one redefine sacred places that no longer feel safe? With nature as my refuge, I recreate landscapes, alternative portals from a combination of family images, Mormon iconography, and Korean Shamanism symbolism. These new topographies, sanctuaries, rebuilt from colonized myths offer movement, a threshold that leads to reconciliation. This is my ongoing journey.
Artist’s Website: http://www.ginnyhuo.com/