Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University
Research keywords: Visual representations of historical and social injustices; transformative potential of images
Hong KAL is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Art History at York University. She has written about colonial expositions, museums, memorials and urban built environments in relation to the construction of Korean nationalism. In her book Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism: Spectacle, Politics and History (Routledge 2011), she examines exhibition culture by linking concepts of visual spectacle, urban space and cultural politics. Her recent research explores visual representations of historical and social injustices with attention to the transformative potentials of images. It investigates the critical role of artists and the affective modes of visual images coping with past and present wrongdoings in South Korea. Her research is published in articles in journals, including Asian Studies Review, The Asia Pacific Journal, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Inter Asia Cultural Studies, and Korean Studies, and in chapters in edited books, including Space, Place, and Community: Public Art in East Asia, edited by Meiqin Wang (Vernon Press 2022).