Mijoo Kim and Rodrigo Valenzuela

July 25, 7 PM

Mijoo Kim and Rodrigo Valenzuela

CPW invites you to join us for an engaging evening with our current artists-in-residence, Mijoo Kim and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

While in residence at CPW, Mijoo Kim (Chapel Hill, NC) is addressing challenging questions about the roles and representations of women, including herself, with a specific interest in the aging process. She will be speaking about her existing projects documenting Korean female divers, or Haenyo, literally meaning “sea women” and an ongoing project about Korean adoptees, which explores memory, personal histories, and loss.

Originally from South Korea, Mijoo Kim holds both a BFA with an emphasis in photography from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, IL and a BA with an emphasis in photography from Kyung-II University in South Korea. Her work is in the public collection of FedEx Global Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Argo Consulting Company. For Kim, photography is not only a means of exploring human lives, but also functions as a gateway to memories that chart the past and permeate the present.



While in Woodstock, Rodrigo Valenzuela (Seattle, WA) is exploring the rich landscape and history of the Hudson Valley utilizing his new surroundings to photograph constructed narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. He will be speaking about his continued investigation of issues surrounding place, geography, and identity and his creative practice, which is situated within the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction.

Rodrigo Valenzuela is based in Seattle, Washington where he received his MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and a BFA in Photography from the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME amongst others, and has had a number of solo and group exhibitions. In 2012 Valenzuela was awarded the En Foco New Works Fellowship, the UCIRA grant, and was an Artist Trust Innovators Award Nominee.