Gallery Hopping: Mi Kafchin Allegorizes Her Gender Transitioning at Galerie Judin, Berlin
Her other-worldly compositions were created throughout the reassignment process.
Through a series of vibrant, other-worldly compositions, Mi Kafchin’s “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” offers an allegorical glimpse into the transformation of her own identity.
After growing up as a biological male, the Romanian artist has spent the past several months undergoing the process of sex reassignment, all while producing the works now on view in her first solo exhibition at Galerie Judin in Berlin.
Although Kafchin’s works are riddled with age-old motifs and allegorical references, their contexts are distorted, rewritten through imagery that is as symbolically informed as it is self-reflexive.
Having developed this canon during her earlier collaborations with a group of Romanian artists known as the “Cluj Connection,” she now fuses art-historical and pop-cultural iconography, using their surreal intersection to visualize her tormented process of transitioning.
Albeit abstractly, Kafchin’s “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” invites viewers to peer into her still unfinished transformation, considering her hopes, fears, and uncertainties, while inevitably reflecting upon their own.
M Kafchin, “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” is on view at Galerie Judin until January 14, 2017.
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