Current/Recent Exhibitions and Research Projects

Designing Connection in Friction

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre September 20-30, 2018

The Main Gallery . September 20 – September 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Curator’s and Artist’s Talk at 7:30 pm

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 Street, Edmonton

Designing Connection in Friction presents recent research by artists who strive to create an artistic intervention in contact zones. Featuring three artists, Jesper Alvær (Oslo, Norway), Naureen Mumtaz (Edmonton, Alberta) and Bradley Necyk (St. Albert, Alberta), the exhibition aims to foster a connection between the sites of local and global contact zones and the viewers.


Curated by Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon and presented by the Art and Design Graduate Students’ Association (ADGSA) in conjunction with 2018 Design Week at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre.

Graphic by Phoebe Todd-Parrish

Immune Nations

Trondheim, Norway & Geneva, Switzerland

Galleri KiT, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway

March 13-24, 2017

UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland

May 23-June 30, 2017

Curated by Dr. Natalie Loveless

A Speculative exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines. This exhibit is outcome of a 3.5-year interdisciplinary research-creation project <The Vaccine Project>.  

I participated in The Vaccine Project as project manager & lead of a research-creation project "Memories and Records: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games."  The Archive project is three staged: 1) I collected artefacts related to records, memories and visual advertisements of immunization; created an art and archive display with Morgan Wedderspoon (MFA in printmaking) ; and co-authored for a journal article with Lathika Sritharan (MPH) in a SSHRC-funded journal, Imaginations: Journal of Cross Cultural Image Studies, in Winter 2018.

Featured artists & scholars:

Jesper Alvær, Julia Belluz, Sean Caulfield, Patrick Fafard, Caitlin Fisher, Steven Hoffman, Johan Holst, Annemarie Hou, Alison Humphrey, Kaisu Koski, Vicki S. Kwon, Patrick Mahon, Lathika Sritharan, Mkrtich Tonoyan, and Rachelle Viader Knowles.

Poster designed by Sergio Serrano

Image © Sergio Serrano and The Vaccine Project

The <Immune Nations> exhibition was created with generous support from the Research Council of Norway, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Cornerstone Grant of Canada, the Global Strategy Lab of the University of Ottawa, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Alberta, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, and UNAIDS.

The Vaccine Project

various locations

January 2015 - ongoing 

An interdisciplinary project to explore opportunities for uniting evidence, art, and advocacy as a strategy for improving global health decision making, in particular, on vaccination. I am participating as a project manager coordinating all aspects of administration, budget, communication, event coordination etc.

Image: Kaisu Koski, Injection Simulator (2015)  © Kaisu Koski


The Vaccine Project is funded by the generous support from Research Council of Norway, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Cornerstone Grant of Canada, the Global Strategy Lab of the University of Ottawa, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Alberta.

Mass and Individual: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games

Arko Art Center, Seoul

October 15-November 21, 2016

Co-curated by Vicki S. Kwon and Wonseok Koh, this exhibition garnered the largest grant of the 2016 Arts Council of Korea Visual Art Exhibition Project Grant. The exhibition featured archive materials (photographs, films, books, artist drawings, newspaper etc.) from Guyana and 6 international contemporary artists’ multimedia works that explore collectivism and identity.

Featured artists:

Jungju An (Korea), Philbert Gajadhar (Guyana), Joonho Jeon (Korea), Yunjoo Kwak (Korea), Suntag Noh (Korea), Polit-Sheer-Form (China), George Simon (Guyana), and Diana Yoo (Canada)

Co-curators: Vicki S. Kwon, Wonseok Koh

Exhibition coordinator: Hyunin Lee

Publication & Administration coordinator: Hanna Yoo

Promotion & Program coordinator: Ian Bahc

Poster designed by Dokho Shin

Image © Exhibition <Mass and Individual: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games>

Between Among & Away

dc3 Art Projects

April 22-30, 2016

The 5th University of Alberta Art and Design Graduate Students’ Association (ADGSA) annual juried exhibition.

I participated as a juror and exhibition coordinator.


Featured artists:

Amanda Graham, Emily Geen, Jay Havens, Amanda Jones, Angela Marino, Bronwyn McMillin, Morgan Melenka, Marzieh, Mosavarzadeh, Genevieve Robertson & Jay White, Sergio Rojas, Sergio Serrano, Kirsty Templeton Davidge, Tennis Club, and Still in Edmonton

Poster designed by Travis Holmes

Digital image © Travis Holmes and the ADGSA

Mass Games: Nation-building Spectacles in Postcolonial Guyana and North Korea

University of Alberta Rutherford Library Atrium

April 15-June 24, 2016

Archive exhibition curated by Vicki S. Kwon.

In conjunction with the exhibition, I organized an academic workshop “Shake That Mass Games!” and invited interdisciplinary scholars to discuss over the exhibition (2016/06/16).

Image: Schematic Design "Jaguar," Created by annonymous artists of Guyana for 1987 Mass Games, Georgetown, Guyana

Digital Image © Vicki S. Kwon & Ministry of Education, Allied Arts Unit, Guyana


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