David Khang



Artist, Educator

Roles at grunt

Board Member


David Khang's art practice is informed by education in psychology, theology, dentistry, and law. Khang selectively imbeds these disciplinary codes into his work, to compose interdisciplinary languages that are communicated in visual, textual, and spoken forms. By integrating performance into his time-based installations, Khang embodies these languages to interrogate socially constructed and intersecting categories of gender, race, class, and interspecies relations. By strategically deploying non-native languages and code switching, Khang produces divergent and dissonant readings that aim to re-imagine poetics and politics.

Khang received his BSc and DDS from the University of Toronto, BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and MFA from UC Irvine, where he was the recipient of the University of California Chancellor’s Fellowship. Khang concurrently completed UC Irvine’s Critical Theory Emphasis, for which he studied with Jacques Derrida, Etienne Balibar, and Fred Moten. In 2004, Khang’s thesis was chosen to represent UC Irvine at the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Writing Competition (USA). Khang was a 2007 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award (Brooklyn, NY).

Khang has taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2005-2016) and Goddard College (2009-2010), and has served on the Board of Directors at LIVE Performance Biennial, Access Gallery, and grunt gallery. Khang recently completed his JD with dual Specializations in Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law at the University of British Columbia. Khang was born in Seoul, grew up in Tkaronto (Toronto), and currently is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered Musqueam Territory (Vancouver), where he divides his time between art practice, dentistry, and legal advocacy.

David Khang, 2024

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