Speaking Clinic. video installation

4’38” two-channel video, fabric, and dental chair. 2022 - 2023

Speaking Clinic (2023) captures and visualizes the moments of my speaking clinic session at the English Language Institute for international students. Drawing from post-colonial discourses on language and illness, I metaphorically link a speaking clinic's attempt to fix a "wrong" foreign accent with an oral examination meant to identify and eliminate dental "problems." The excerpt of the mouth enables the audience to closely observe the associated anxiety, fear, diligence, and/or frustration of foreigners who continuously fail to speak "better" and eventually become "vulnerable."

The Korean dental clinic, Choice Dental, cooperated by providing a temporary exhibition space.