Marathon Reading of Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Live from the Whitney

June 15, 2022

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (1982) is an experimental work of autoethnography that explores displacement, exile, colonial history, family, and time. This seminal work—composed of poetry, prose, found text, and images—is deeply in dialogue with Cha’s oeuvre as a visual artist in film, performance, and language. This reading complements the presentation of Cha’s work on view in the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Readers include: Genji Amino, David Breslin, Sam Cha, Joshua Chambers-Letson, Grace M. Cho, Marian Chudnovsky, Jesse Chun, Una Chung, Philo Cohen, Adrienne Edwards, Sunny Iyer, Min Sun Jeon, Ainee Jeong, Juwon Jun, Justin Kim, Katie Kirkland, Diana Seo Hyung Lee, Flo Li, Ming Lin, Dave McKenzie, Na Mira, Criss Moon, Hana Rivers, Teline Trần, Asiya Wadud, Simon Wu, Soyoung Yoon, Kate Zambreno, and more.

This program is organized in collaboration with Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit reading and writing room and independent publisher. Throughout the spring and summer of 2022, Wendy’s Subway is hosting a series of four seminars on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha for the third edition of their year-long program, The Quick and the Dead, dedicated to the life, work, and legacy of a single author. Led by writers, scholars, and artists, these seminars consider Cha’s profound interventions in film and video, historiography, language and translation, and autobiographical writing.