Sunday, 29. September 2019, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, How to Become the Founder of a Feminist Religion

from 29. September 2019 - 13:00 till 15:30

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

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This public workshop will explore questions related to gender, sexuality and daily life through art making as a tool of self-expression.






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"How to Become the Founder of a Feminist Religion" is a public workshop, exploring questions related to gender, sexuality and our daily lives through art making as a tool of self-expression. It is rooted in a 4 month-long community based workshop/course where participants worked to create their own autobiographical feminist religion, Leymusoom, which has been run by Heesoo Kwon since 2018.

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Leymusoom was initiated by Kwon in 2017 in Berkeley, California and inspired by both her upbringing, explorations into anthropological practices, and training as a performance and visual artist. The term Leymusoom encompasses its religious community, active practitioners, each practitioner’s autonomous religion and the movement to seek and define feminism rooted in one’s own history. Joining, practicing and being Leymusoom means converting to feminism from patriarchy and creating and practicing personal/communal feminist rituals. Leymusoom practitioners create their own personal feminist practices and at the same time develop communal rituals collectively. They are creating books, sculptures, drawings, music and dance as vehicles that make our feminism physically present in our daily lives.
Through "How to Become the Founder of a Feminist Religion", Leymusoom expect participants to have an opportunity to experience Leymusoom’s playful process of creating personal/communal feminist practice. This workshop is open to participants of all ages and genders.





About the Artist
Born in South Korea in 1990, Heesoo Kwon studied business at Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea and ran a patent business related to menstrual pads. She recently received a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of a 2018 Cadogan Scholarship Award and was nominated as 2016 Young Korean Artist by CICA museum. Her work has been exhibited widely including SOMArts, Root Division, Embark Gallery, 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK, CICA Museum, Feminism Media Artivist Biennale, among others.
Her work as an artist has been heavily informed by the trauma of patriarchal violence in Korean society. OBEY YOUR FATHER. It was a dictum that her grandmother reiterated on a daily basis. She was born in Catholicism and Patriarchy. She believed in FATHER. Kwon converted to Feminism from Patriarchy by inventing a feminist religion. Leymusoom is an Autobiographical Feminist Religion which also refers to its religious community, autonomous practitioners and movement to seek and define self-determining Feminism rooted in one’s history. By Leymusoom, Kwon wants to identify how redefining Patriarchy as religion and converting to Feminism affects believers' lives and how different cultural/social background affects the way participants react to this project.

Accessibility
The Museum’s newly renovated Gallery strives to provide excellence in accessibility for all visitors. The entrance and all exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible and located on a single floor. Automatic door push-buttons are available at the front entrance. Content is provided at standard heights with all text in large, legible fonts. A variety of furniture is provided throughout the Gallery to provide resting points for all guests. All exhibit cases and displays are cane detectable. Public restrooms are located near the Gallery. With advance notice, we are happy to provide additional support for guests with specific needs. Please email pahma-gallery@berkeley.edu for more info.





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