Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung (1951–1982)

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Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung (1951–1982)

Korean-American performance artist and essayist. Name variations: Theresa Cha. Born Cha Hak Kyung, Mar 4, 1951, in Pusan, Korea; murdered by a stranger, Nov 5, 1982, age 31, in New York, NY; dau. of Cha Hyung Sang and Huo Hyung Soon (both teachers); attended University of San Francisco; University of California at Berkeley, BA in comparative literature, 1973, BA in art, 1975, MFA in art, 1977; also attended Centre d'Etudes Americaine du Cinema in Paris, 1976.

Performance art pieces include Barren Cave Mute (1974), A Secret Spill (1974), A Blé Wall (1975), Aveugle Voix (1975), Life Mixing (1975), Vampyr (1976), and Reveille Dans La Brume (1977); also published mail art series Audience Distant Relatives (1978), edited collection of essays Apparatus? Cinematographic Apparatus: Selected Writings (1980), and wrote the influential Dictée (1982); granted an NEA fellowship (1981) to shoot black-and-white film in Korea. Received Stuart McKenna Nelson Award for the Photographic Medium (1977).