Soljee Ahn is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on contemporary representations of the body and cultures of illness one encounters in a new place, using them as a manifesto on the breakdown of subjectivity, and a denotation of being socially-engaged. Her prior interest lies in how different individuals with various cultural backgrounds interact with certain spaces that have specific functions - such as very private places containing a density of ‘bodies’. Then, the presence of the intruder would be like foreign material contravening the place, as if a virus or germ is invading the authentic body. She connects this constant subversion of subjectivity into a half -fictional narrative, projecting herself into the female protagonist (called as Z) of the narrative through. Recently, she is focusing on constructing Z’s episodes into novel-like text and reproducing them as spatial installations.
Just as Immigrants’ experience of their body is ‘differentiated or alienated’ by norms of locals, her character Z undergoes similar experiences. The figure represents a multidimensional self created by the collision of different cultures, sociological positions, and diseases. She aims to engage local audiences - who are all, in fact, at different state of ‘local’. Audiences can involve themselves directly by entering her personal space - the artist’s studio transformed into cinematic installation - and experience being an intruder and objectified ‘body’. This is to question not only what the sensation of pain is, what it means to own a body and what the self is but also how selfhood travels across various borders of cultural categorisation.