천민정

LeRoy E. Hoffberg School of Painting (MFA)

class of 1999

MICA KAA 

2020  EXHIBITION

"ONTACT"

2020/9/26 ~ 10/11

ARTSPACE CONNECTION

서울 한남동 758-12 지하1층

Zoomed in, the Korean peninsula map is being covered with names of those participating and sharing Chocopies.
During our physically and socially distanced times, the project is meant to help stay virtually connected
Zoomed in, the Korean peninsula map is being covered with names of those participating and sharing Chocopies.
During our physically and socially distanced times, the project is meant to help stay virtually connected
Eat Chocopie Together, 10,000 Chocopies for the audience to eat, Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York in 2014.
(Photo courtesy by the artist and Ethan Cohen Gallery)
Eat Chocopie Together, 10,000 Chocopies for the audience to eat, Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York in 2014.
(Photo courtesy by the artist and Ethan Cohen Gallery)
Eat Chocopie Together, 100,000 Chocopies for the audience to eat, Busan Biennale 2018, Busan, Korea in 2018.
(Photo courtesy by the artist and Busan Biennale 2018)
Eat Chocopie Together, 100,000 Chocopies for the audience to eat, Busan Biennale 2018, Busan, Korea in 2018.
(Photo courtesy by the artist and Busan Biennale 2018)
"EAT"
"EAT"
"LOVE"
"LOVE"
"PEACE"
"PEACE"
"SHARE"
"SHARE"
"UNITE"
"UNITE"

"아티스트 Mina Cheon의 프로젝트를 소개합니다. 코로나 때문에 만나기 힘든, 

그래서 더더욱 보고픈 사람에게 달콤한 버추얼 초코파이를 건네주세요. 

건네주는 것만으로도 도네이션이 이뤄지고, 

그 기금은 Covid 19에 힘들어하는 

Korean American을 돕는데 쓰여집니다. 

Sweet action for a good cause!"


EAT CHOCOPIE FOR A SWEET CAUSE

Can Choco Pies—the delectable marshmallowy snack cake—bring us closer together? The artist Mina Cheon hopes so, and in collaboration with the Asia Society Triennial, she has launched a new digital initiative dubbed Eat Chocopie Together, in which she implores the public to share the treat virtually with a friend “for global peace”, to help those affected by the coronavirus and to combat anti-Asian racism." 
(The Art Newspaper, August 17, 2020)



During our socially distanced time with the coronavirus, EATCHOCOPIETOGETHER.COM is a website created to allow people to stay connected by sending virtual chocopies to loved ones with custom messages. On the website, if you click on the map of Korea, you can choose a chocopie from five packages that I’ve designed with the theme of Love, Peace, Share, Eat, and Unite, referencing things we desperately need right now, whether we are in divided Korea or in the United States of America.


Furthermore, within seconds, your participation of virtually sharing chocopies with others for free automatically raises funds for Korean Americans affected by the coronavirus thru the Korean American Community Foundation Covid-19 Action Fund. More specifically, by clicking and sending pies, it raises direct dollar amounts to help with such things like: a Korean language COVID-19 health hotline, increased domestic violence counseling, meal delivery, shelter for the homeless, And with the rise of anti-Asian racism, programming to address this social problem.


But Why Chocopie? This chocolate marshmallow biscuit that I grew up with in South Korea is like a Twinkie in the US. While it is a nationally favored snack of South Korea it is also the most desired and smuggled good in North Korea and a single chocopie is worth 3 bowls of rice. With thousands sent by helium balloons over the DMZ and circulated within the North Korean black market for years, the chocopie today is no doubt a cultural symbol of love and peace within the Koreas.


Korean American artist Mina Cheon’s physical installation of Eat Chocopie Together at the Busan Biennale 2018 included 100,000 chocopies for the audience to eat. Sponsored by the Orion Co., of South Korea, it was dedicated to the North Korean defectors and consumed in three months by the visitors of the Busan Contemporary Art Museum. Even the South Korean President Moon and First Lady Kim came to eat Chocopie. This time, in collaboration with Asia Society Triennial in New York, the physical installation event that was supposed to happen at the Lincoln Center past June is delayed till next year and in the meantime, the virtual chocopie exists as a digital art project online.


Since the launch of EatChocopieTogether.com on August 15 Korean Liberation Day, 

thousands of people have taken action to share and eat virtual chocopies. 

The artist kindly requests your extended help in further “Taking a bite for global peace.” 


Please help the artist reach the 100% goal so that the funds can get to those in need as soon as possible. 


Please visit and share as many pies as you want:


EatChocopieTogether.com

MICA KAA 

2020  EXHIBITION

"ONTACT"

2020/9/26 ~ 10/11

ARTSPACE CONNECTION

서울 한남동 758-12 지하1층