Yozmit Kwon

Yozmit Kwon

I am “Yozmit The DogStar”, a Transgender performance artist, costume designer, and singer- songwriter.

I started my career as a fashion designer then transformed myself into a performance artist after a heart-breaking experience trying to be a Korean pop star because of my gender. After immigrating to California, I went on a spiritual artistic journey to find my voice as a trans- identified artist curating my own Performance Art/Music/Fashion Campaign called *DoYou*.

Contrary to commercialized contemporary pop star, the DogStar uses self-awareness and art practice as tools for liberation from inequality, bigotry, and marginalization around gender and identity.

I use costume, voice, and dance as theatrical/shamanic trinity to tell stories about “Yozmit The DogStar” the goddess archetype who is my higher channel using my male form but embodying both The Sacred Feminine and The Sacred Masculine. In my artistic cosmology, as Yozmit’s conduit, I create stylistic looks, costumes, public performances, songs, and workshops to spread her message of *DoYou* – a process of becoming fully self-realized and actualizing self- identity. *DoYou* is my artistic mantra to shift power from external conformity to internal realization.

My artistic voice comes from my mother’s oppression in 1950s Korea where being a female singer was tantamount to being a prostitute. Her traumatic memories continued in my blood when my journey to become a pop singer in Korea ended disastrously because my gender was forbidden in a hetero-dominated industry. 40 years after my mother was beaten and dragged off stage by her brother I created Yozmit The DogStar. My work is an attempt to heal my family DNA from the unjust and antiquated pandemics of misogyny and transphobia which are even more fatal than COVID19.

In the US I have shown my work at One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, LA ART SHOW, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, and at Queens Museum, Movement Research at The Judson Church, Joyce Soho, and Dixon Place in NYC, internationally I have appeared at Life Ball, Vienna Austria, ChunCheon International Mime Festival, ChunCheon, S.Korea, Doma International Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, World of Wearable Art (WOW), Wellington, New Zealand. I performed in Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” at MoMA, 2010. I received multiple “Transgender Initiative” grant from the city of West Hollywood since 2017, and “Cultural Trailblazer” awards from the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles since 2019. As a commercial project, I have performed for Google Quantum A.I. Seminar, Cartoon TV Network, Coachella Music Festival, Burning Man, Sleep No More, Lucent Dossier Experience. I continue to be an international headliner at The Box, NYC and London.