Christa Joo Hyun D’angelo

United States

Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo is an American artist born in Busan, South Korea, who works in wide variety of media including installation, video, neon fixtures, and works on paper. D’Angelo’s work encompasses a research-based art practice concerned with the politics of representations of the class, race, sexuality, and gender paradigms that exist within our shared media landscape. Her work explores the production of race in both transnational spaces and urban areas within Eurocentric and American media zones, highlighting questions of exoticism and object fetishism as a form of racism. She has studied under TJ Demos at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, Poland.

Past, Present, Tense

HD Video, 32’, with sound, German with English Subtitles

Past Present Tense is a video work that examines the question of German identity and its relationship to racism of the past and present day. Through various interviews, the viewer observes social and political transitions in Germany – the GDR, post-reunification era and the pogroms starting in Rostock, and contemporary Germany society. The work seeks to redefine social positions and identities within the framework of intimate dialogs that challenge the status quo on how to define not only German identity, but geopolitics in the context of “White Europe”. As such, the audience is asked questions: what are the responsibilities of dealing with colonial pasts, and how do we reflect on dominant ideologies and discourse in a time of constant mobility and global shifts? In a time of cultural amnesia, recalling the past and the retelling of memories is becoming more and more underrated, whereas forgetting is common practice. Through telling interviews that discuss the perspectives of Germans of minority descent, the film highlights many of the experiences and opinions that are otherwise unheard and unseen within our shared public space. It asks the audience to realign their perception of class, race, and privilege that run alongside labels that ultimately offer a limited scope on the complexity of identity politics rooted in colonial exclusionary traditions.

Director / Editor: Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo
Subtitles: Jason Harrell
Post-Production / Video: Bastian Hopfgarten
Sound Editing / Audio Mastering: Paul “SNAX” Bonomo

Supported by District Berlin

Featuring: Anonymous, Abini Zoellner, Anetta Kahane, Minh Nguyen, Martin Hyun, Jasmin Truong, Jasco Viefhues, Kien Nghi Ha, Noa Ha,Jan Riebe

Special Thanks: Jason Harrell, Sander Houtkruijer, Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, Reistrommel E.V.


The work is presented by guest curator Tina Sauerlander and exhibited on, accessible 12-31 October 2017.

Image: Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Past Present Tense (2014 – 2015), HD Video, 32’, with sound, German with English Subtitles. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.