Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon is an art historian and curator. Kwon is a PhD candidate in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, where she also teaches Art as Social Practice and Twentieth-century Art in East Asia. Kwon’s doctoral research explores socially engaged art in East Asia that addresses transnational issues, focusing on representation of migrant workers, victims of wartime sexual violence, and post-disaster communities. Kwon published her research in peer-reviewed journals Korean Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Asian Studies Review, and Imaginations. Her research was supported by the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Kyujanggak Institute’s Junior Fellowship at Seoul National University, and researcher residency program at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea.
Kwon curated exhibitions Designing Connection in Friction at Harcourt House in Edmonton (2018) and Mass and Individual: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games at the Arko Art Centre in Seoul (2016).
Currently she is working on the exhibition <Immune Nations>, an interdisciplinary project created together by artists, scientists, and policy makers. <Immune Nations> premiered in Galleri Kit at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and the UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, both in 2017, and is forthcoming at McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada in Fall 2021.