Identities and Recipes
JI SU KANG-GATTO
Ji Su Kang-Gatto (*1989) was born in Seoul. She grew up in Germany since the age of two (1991). She is a video artist working and living in Düsseldorf/Cologne (Germany) and in Asolo (Italy).
2008-2013 Studies at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Meisterschülerin of Lucy McKenzie 2018-2021 Postgraduate Studies at Academy of Media Arts Cologne
The film "Identities and Recipes" is the result of the series „Identities and Recipes“ and includes 24 chapters. The series „Identities and Recipes“ was created between 2018 and 2019. The artist, Ji Su Kang-Gatto, uploaded each month a video on YouTube, like a diary. They can still be viewed on her YouTube-Channel due to conceptual reasons of the artist. In each chapter you can see how the artist cooks a Korean dish and often eat it too. As props the artist uses her own sculptural works or create them especially for this purpose. The artist is the only actress in her film as well. In the context of her own hybrid identity, Ji Su Kang-Gatto perceives cooking as a possibility for cultural self-discovery and lets the audience watch this acting. „Identities and Recipes“ turns out to be a highly private process. As a German-Korean, the artist intensively engages with Korean culture and her own biography. The film was mostly shot in her own apartment in Düsseldorf, Germany, but also in her family's apartment in South Korea and in Italy.