In this BRIClab residency presentation, an excerpt from Jaime Sunwoo's Specially Processed American Me will be shared, so that audiences can get a preview of the show and provide feedback in preparation for the play's world premiere in 2022, which will be co-produced by Ping Chong and Company.
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Jaime Sunwoo, Specially Processed American Me. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Specially Processed American Me is a surreal autobiographical performance using SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into Jaime Sunwoo's Asian American upbringing and her family's experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM's legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America's most misunderstood foods. More at speciallyprocessed.com ; IG/FB @speciallyprocessed
Specially Processed American Me was developed through FailSafe, Leviathan Lab, BAX Upstart Program, Barn Arts Residency, and the HB Studio Rehearsal Space Residency, with support from the Queens Council on the Arts' Artist Commissioning Program, Ms. Foundation for Women in association with Asian Women Giving Circle, the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Fund, and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Ping Chong and Company (PCC) creates theater and art that reveal beauty, invention, precision, and a commitment to social justice. Ping Chong and Company is grateful to receive support for Specially Processed American Me from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Asian Arts Initiative and National AAPI Coalition supported by The Ford Foundation, and The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. For more, visit www.pingchong.org / @pingchongco
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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Jaime Sunwoo (she/her/hers) is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York working in visual art, theater, film, and public art. Her works connect personal narratives to global histories through surreal storytelling. She studied art at Yale University, and was a fellow for Ping Chong + Company and The Laundromat Project. Her work has been seen at Park Avenue Armory, Abrons Art Center, BAX, JACK, The Tank, Flux Factory, and Art in Odd Places. She has received awards from Queens Council on the Arts, Asian Women Giving Circle, NYC Women's Fund, Brooklyn Arts Fund, and The Jim Henson Foundation for her project Specially Processed American Me, a performance on the significance of SPAM in the Asian American community. More at jaimesunwoo.com and @jaimesunwoo
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