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Say ‘Kimchi!’
Solo Exhibition
9.3 - 10.10.21

Say “Kimchi”! is a show of ceramics from Grace Esther Gittelman that explores their Korean and Jewish non-binary identity. They use Onggi, a traditional Korean fermentation vessel, as a response to both Japan’s colonization of Korean ceramics and ceramicists and the U.S. Imperialism in Korea. Gittelman creates Onggi “cabbages” in an Americana kitsch style to speak to their American heritage, adding blood-like drips that mimic kimchi juice to reveal their Korean ancestor's physical and cultural heritage. Moon jars symbolize two halves becoming a whole according to their traditional construction.

Gittelman transforms this archetypal form into “Moon Cheese Jars” to show the connection of American cheese to the fusion of their Korean and American identities, and gives a nod to Jewish folklore. They navigate the complexity of their identity and the way they are perceived by challenging the value and concept of authenticity through the most intuitive forms, materiality and food. In Say “Kimchi”, Gittelman references these archetypes of food and folklore from their childhood to create their own mythology about their experience of being a minority within a minority.


Jude Gallery is a woman/POC led project and exhibition space that supports local BIPOC emerging contemporary artists, experimental art formats, and community-centered programming.

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629 West Cermak
Unit 240
Chicago IL 

Chicago IL
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