Marathon Reading of Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 

Sun, June 5, 2022
11:30 am

Floor 3, Theater

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.

The reading is followed by a discussion with scholars Joshua Chambers-Letson, Una Chung, and Soyoung Yoon and artist Na Mira that reflects on Cha’s work across media, her ongoing influence in a range of disciplines, and the presentation of her work in the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

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.

Copies of Dictee will be available to borrow for accessibility purposes throughout the event as needed. All images in Dictee will be verbally described throughout this event. If you would like to access a Braille version of Dictee, you can place a request via Bookshare.

This event will take place both in person and online.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

Face coverings are required to attend this event. All attendees ages two and older must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.

ASL interpretation will be provided. 

Live captioning will be available online and in-person for this event. If you need captions in a separate browser window or on your own mobile device, please email for StreamText link.

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