Comfort Ball (Bin Koh & Sumin Lee)



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Bin Ko & Sumin Lee (Comfort Ball)

Comfort Ball is a gastronomy oriented art collective organised by visual artists and performers Bin Koh (KR) and Sumin Lee (KR). They approach their project with the sociopolitical concept using food as a tool, cooking as an action. As an Asian woman who is living in a European country, working in a restaurant, they believe food can speak for their precarious situation, represent their alienness, most importantly, food can open up these questions and discourses in the softest way. They distort and twist a traditional way of cooking with mainly Asian ingredients to formulate an alien scenery. This scenery speaks itself to show how they are displayed in Western society as an Asian woman, finding parallels between being low waged hospitality workers and Asian women in western society that are both fetishised and alienated at the same time. They address this observation and experience through cooking and stress the gazes of fetishisation and ignorance under the name of ‘exoticism’ within their body politics. Their act not only manifests Asian women but also the queer and trans among us, the differently-abled bodies. Comfort Ball has organized multiple events at Stedelijk Museum, Paradiso Amsterdam, NDSM nursery square, and Het Nieuwe Instituut.


Bin Koh >> https://binkoh.site/
Sumin Lee >> s.m.l.suminlee@gmail.com >>Instagram: @s.m.l.xl.xxl


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