Youngsook Choi



Youngsook Choi is a researcher/artist with trained knowledge in human geography. With extensive experience in developing research-based public arts programme on urban issues and social minorities, Chois current interest lies in the value of human labour, more specifically in challenging the border and brutal hierarchy between physical labour and knowledge-driven work, and between skills and creativity. She lives and works in East London.  

Contact: selfmadecities@gmail.com


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Education

2011 PhD in Geography, King's College London

2005 MA in Hypermedia Studies, University of Westminster London

2003 Certificate of Women’s Culture & Arts Planning, Academy of Women’s Culture and Arts Planning, Seoul

1998 BSc in Geography, Kon-Kuk University, Seoul


Solo Exhibitions

2013 Bacchus Economics, Ggool gallery, Seoul

2011 Faster, Higher, Further - As Long As My Body Bears, Temporary Sewing Workshop, Nam-Mun Market, Seoul


Public Engagement

2015-Current RARA School Co-Manager - RARA is a Hackney-based creative cooperative, consisting of architects, artists and designers. My main job at RARA is running RARA School, a series of theoretically informed workshops, covering various agenda linked to urban sustainability and making culture.  

2013-2014 Principal Researcher & Art Director, Gate 22  - Research and development of public engagement programme upon the US Army compound and its border area as economic and cultural extension in Yongsan, Seoul, regarding its retrocession plan 2018 (funded by The Seoul Institute, Korea) 

2011-2013  Art Director, Revitalisation of Traditional Market -  Development of arts and cultural programmes to help bridge market place with diverse local communities (commissioned by social enterprise Jobarte, funded by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

2006 Project Leader for the section “Modernity and Cities”, Consultation for the Children’s Museum (commissioned by TEAPOT, funded by Central Government, Korea) 

2003-2006   Chief Curator, The Women & Space Festival -  Conceptualisation of annual exhibition themes, commissioning, and organising public seminars and events (commissioned by Women’s Culture and Arts, funded by Korea Women’s Foundation)       

2004-2005  Founding Curator, Sexuality Museum for Youth  - Research and development of museum curricula around the issues of young people’s sexualities, commissioning and managing productions, and proposing educational programmes (commissioned by Youth Sexuality & Culture Center AHA, funded by YMCA Seoul)