Breakwater

Becoming Forest (poster); courtesy Breakwater
Breakwater is a London-based Korean diaspora artist duo of Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe. Their work explores social practice across subject matters around climate justice and migrants’ lived experience, excavating counter-narratives centred around spiritual knowledge and the political resonances of landscape. For their Radio Arts Catalyst residency in 2020-21, they are collaborating on their project Becoming Forest, with the radio producer, curator and activist Cường Phạm who inquires into cultural identity, movement, sites of community and geographical space.
 
Youngsook Choi is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a PhD in human geography. She explores the concept of ‘political spirituality’ and the intimate aesthetics of community actions. She is a selected artist for Constellations 2020-21 (Flat Time House and Up Project) and an artist resident with Asia Art Activism. Her current commission ‘Not This Future’ looks into grief as a site of solidarity and resurgence. (youngsookchoi.com)
 
Taey Iohe explores postcolonial and queer politics in multi-disciplinary performance that combines film, sound, and text. Her compositions connect transitional and liminal times, translated stories and places from the migrant perspective. She holds a PhD in interdisciplinary gender studies. She also has been leading the experiential learning platform, ‘Care for Collective Curatorial’. (taey.com)
 
Cường Phạm is a cultural producer, community activist and curator based in London. He has co-curated ‘Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’ (An Viet Foundation) and ‘Resettled Spaces’ (Lien Viet) which explored the history, memory, and language of the Southeast and East Asian migration experience. He holds a MA in Southeast Asia Studies at SOAS. Under the handle phạmbinho 范悲儒, he hosts an NTS online radio show, to musically reframe ‘Asia’ as a contested paradigm.