Son Kit

Interviewed By Sebastián Castro Niculescu

Son Kit is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator who currently holds degrees in both Visual Art and Literary Arts from Brown University. They reflect on their experience growing up in Koreatown, Los Angeles, as well as their experiences as a queer trans person of color. Kit expands on the ways in which they have dealt with gender policing, self-identification, and their art. (Summary by Vanessa Belford)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
July 23, 2018
Location of Interview
NYPL Offices, Midtown Manhattan
Place of birth
Los Angeles, California
Occupations
Artist/Curator
Gender Pronouns
They/Them/Theirs
Birth Year
1990
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