Art In America

OK Hyun Ahn

at Show Room,

170 Suffolk St  New York, NY 10002

Large color photographs and two videos center on Asian men and women who weep stoically, and sometimes lip-synch to impassioned songs, in nondescript interiors. What causes their grief? Is it authentic, or as staged as the operas and pop dramas to which the music alludes? Coming from a culture in which emotions are routinely suppressed in public, the artist-who has earned advanced degrees in both her native Korea and the U.S.-has titled her show (ironically?) "Homo Sentimentalis," novelist Milan Kundera's term for the kind of person who "shows off" personal feelings.

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