Art Words From An Art Baby: Tiffany Shin’s Objectumsexual & Lactic Acid

Tonight is your last chance to check out Tiffany Shin’s Objectumsexual & Lactic Acid at Disclaimer Gallery (in Silent Barn), curated by Jin Hee Kwak! Read this killer write up in Bedford + Bowery that delves into Shin’s complex, but accessible (literally, you can use the skincare products she’s created)  exploration of racial trauma, healing, and the politics of skincare and wellness.




Disclaimer Gallery (inside Silent Barn): 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

More About The Show

“Objectumsexual & Lactic Acid” presents a beauty lab of scientific-fictional posters and homemade lactic acid beauty products.

Lactic acid, an invisible, colorless, and odorless bacteria naturally produced during the fermentation process like in Kimchi, fortifies the gut microbiome in the gastric lining. A balanced gut helps to metabolize bodily injuries and build better immunity to post-traumatic stress disorder. Lactic acid also helps to exfoliate dead skin and rejuvenate new skin cells. Shin elaborates on this correlation between gut health and trauma by creating her own line of beauty products, lotions, facials, and masks with lactic acid for the public to use. She explores ideas of wellness, debility, and the body as an endless modification and explicates the ways that she consumes and inserts lactic acid into her stomach and vagina for bodily rehabilitation.

The posters interweave memories and information about Korean Geomancy, mountain spirits, time loop complex, Confucianist anime, North and South Korean reunification efforts, love triangles, kimchi, and high-context culture linguistics.

Shin investigates indigenous Korean knowledge systems, the standardization and exportation of yellowness, and entanglements of invisible matter. In this, she considers how her own yellow sexuality becomes transformed into objectumsexuality in her quest to find invisibility to make love to.

Proceeds go to Educated Little Monsters
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About The Artist

Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin (b. 1993) explores the interconnections between sexuality, gender, and transgression; history, memory, and cultural myths; and social hierarchy in relationship to coloniality. Shin uses Taoist indigenous knowledge to explore the porousness of bodily boundaries and the ceaseless movement of living processes, like fermentation, echoing the history of colonialism. Shin is interested in entangling the history of conquest and the literal digestion of material – herbs, medicine, and food – into a new system of relations that emerge from a complicated history of entanglement. Shin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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