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kimsooja

biography

Kimsooja was born in 1957 in Taegu, Korea. She lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul.

Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed, Korean born conceptual multi media artist. Combining performance, video, photo and installation, her work addresses issues of the displaced self and the other, while investigating the dualistic and existential nature of philosophy such as the relationship of yin and yang to life and death; mobility to immobility; and location to dislocation that evolves various fundamental problems of life and art. Kimsooja’s videos and installations blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience through their use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and serial forms. In many pieces, everyday actions—such as sewing or doing laundry—become two - and three - dimensional or performative activities. Central to her work is the “bottari”, a traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings, which Kimsooja transforms into a philosophical metaphor for structure and connection. While striking for their vibrant color and density of imagery, Kimsooja’s works emphasize metaphysical changes within the artist-as-performer as well as the viewer.

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Kimsooja was born in 1957 in Taegu, Korea. She lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul.

Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed, Korean born conceptual multi media artist. Combining performance, video, photo and installation, her work addresses issues of the displaced self and the other, while investigating the dualistic and existential nature of philosophy such as the relationship of yin and yang to life and death; mobility to immobility; and location to dislocation that evolves various fundamental problems of life and art. Kimsooja’s videos and installations blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience through their use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and serial forms. In many pieces, everyday actions—such as sewing or doing laundry—become two - and three - dimensional or performative activities. Central to her work is the “bottari”, a traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings, which Kimsooja transforms into a philosophical metaphor for structure and connection. While striking for their vibrant color and density of imagery, Kimsooja’s works emphasize metaphysical changes within the artist-as-performer as well as the viewer.

Kimsooja's select solo exhibitions include Traversées / Kimsooja, Poitiers (2019); Kimsooja: Archive of Mind, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (2019);  Zone of Nowhere, PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2018). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, (2019); On the Spiritual Matter of Art, MAXXI, Rome (2019); Spinning ideas.Weaving art, IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia.

Kimsooja has exhibited in many major museums: MAXXI Rome (2018); Museion Bolzano (2017); MMCA, Seoul (2016); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015); Collection Lambert en Avignon (2014); Vancouver Art Gallery (2013), Museum of Modern Art St. Etienne (2012); Kunsthal 44 Møen (2012); Perm Contemporary Art Museum, Russia (2012); Miami Art Museum (2012); Feldkirch Church and Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (2010); National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea for the Yeong Gwang Nuclear Power Plant (2010); Atelier Hermes, Seoul (2009); Baltic Center, London (2009); Hirshhorn Museum (2008); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa & La Fenice Theatre, Venice (2006); Crystal Palace of Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2006); Kunsthalle Wien (2002); Kunsthalle Bern (2002); Palazzo delle Poste, Trieste (2001), MoMA PS1 (2001).

She has also taken part in important Biennials: Venice (1999, 2005, 2013), Sao Paolo (1997), Whitney Biennial (2002), Istanbul (1997), Lyon (2000), Gwangju (1995, 2012), Thessaloniki (2010), Moscow (2009) and Poznan (2010).

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images

To Breathe

To Breathe – Zone of Nowhere, 2018

Installation view at To Breathe - The Flags, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1, Milan, 2018

12 nylon flags

243 × 152 cm each; installation dimension variable

To Breathe – The Flags, 2012

Single channel video animation, silent

40'41'' loop

To Breathe: Bottari, 2013

Duraclear Photographic Print in Lightbox

118 × 88,5 × 16 cm

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror (La Fenice Print series), 2006

5 photographs in Digital Flex print, mounted on plexiglass

76,2 × 101,6 cm

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror (La Fenice Print series), 2006

5 photographs in Digital Flex print, mounted on plexiglass

76,2 × 101,6 cm

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror (La Fenice Print series), 2006

5 photographs in Digital Flex print, mounted on plexiglass

76,2 × 101,6 cm

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror (La Fenice Print series), 2006

5 photographs in Digital Flex print, mounted on plexiglass

76,2 × 101,6 cm

To Breathe: Invisible Needle/Invisible Mirror (La Fenice Print series), 2006

5 photographs in Digital Flex print, mounted on plexiglass

76,2 × 101,6 cm

The Sun Unfolded

The Sun Unfolded, 2008

Giclée (Inkjet) Prints on Epson Paper

114,1 × 80,5 cm

The Sun Unfolded, 2008

Giclée (Inkjet) Prints on Epson Paper

114,1 × 80,5 cm

The Sun Unfolded, 2008

Giclée (Inkjet) Prints on Epson Paper

114,1 × 80,5 cm

The Sun Unfolded, 2008

Giclée (Inkjet) Prints on Epson Paper

114,1 × 80,5 cm

Deductive Object

Deductive Object (VI) & (VII), 1996-2013

Digital Flex Print Sandwich Mounted

102 × 75 cm

Deductive Object (VI) & (VII), 1996-2013

digital Flex Print Sandwich Mounted

102 × 75 cm

Deductive Object - Cemetery, 2008-2015

Digital C-print

90 × 70 cm

A Wind Woman

A Wind Woman , 2003-2006

Iris print

90 × 120 cm

A Wind Woman , 2003-2006

Iris print

90 × 120 cm

A Wind Woman , 2003-2006

Iris print

90 × 120 cm

A Needle Woman-Kitakyushu (Video Stills Print Production), 1999/2007

Giclée (Inkjet) Print on Hahnemüle paper

51,94 × 76,20 cm

Sewing Into Walking-Kyungju (Video Stills Production), 1994/2007

Giclée (Inkjet) Print on Hahnemüle paper

51,94 × 76,20 cm

Video Works

A Beggar Woman-Cairo, 2001

DVD (single channel projection) loop silent

6'33''

A Beggar Woman-Lagos, 2001

DVD (single channel projection) loop silent

8'50''

A Beggar Woman-Mexico City, 2000

DVD (single channel projection)

6'33''

A Needle Woman-Patan,Havana,Rio de Janeiro, N'Djamena, Sana's, Jerusalem, 2005

6 DVD (6 channel projection) loop silent

10'40''

Bottari Truck - Migrateurs, 2007

DVD (single channel projection)

9'17'' loop

An Album: Havana, 2006

DVD (single channel projection)

public exhibitions

MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Rome

On the spiritual matter of art

17.10.2019 – 8.3.2020

Group exhibition curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Photo: Agostino Osio, Alto Piano studio. Courtesy: Fondazione MAXXI

2nd Yinchuan Biennale

MOCA Yinchuan

China

Starting from Desert. Ecologies on the Edge

9.6.2018 – 19.9.2019

Photo: Huang Yachen, credits MOCA Yinchuan

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

Perth

Zone of Nowhere

17.2 – 29.4.2018

Photo: Alessandro Bianchetti

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

Perth

Zone of Nowhere

17.2 – 29.4.2018

Photo: Alessandro Bianchetti

Public Project

Perth

Zone of Nowhere

17.2 – 29.4.2018

Photo: Alessandro Bianchetti

Public Project

Perth

Zone of Nowhere

17.2 – 29.4.2018

Photo: Alessandro Bianchetti

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Ar

Kansas City, USA

Worlds Otherwise Hidden

17.5 – 2.9.2018

Photo: © Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Ar

Kansas City, USA

Worlds Otherwise Hidden

17.5 – 2.9.2018

Photo: © Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Kimsooja: Weaving the World

22.9.2017 – 21.1.2018

Photo: Aaron Wax

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Kimsooja: Weaving the World

22.9.2017 – 21.1.2018

Photo: Aaron Wax

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Kimsooja: Weaving the World

22.9.2017 – 21.1.2018

Photo: Aaron Wax

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Kimsooja: Weaving the World

22.9.2017 – 21.1.2018

Photo: Aaron Wax

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Kimsooja: Weaving the World

22.9.2017 – 21.1.2018

Photo: Aaron Wax

press

Pick of the week: Kimsooja at Galleria Raffaella Cortese & Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan

Fi Churchman

Artreview

13 April, 2018

Kimsooja - Nähen und knoten

Kunstbullettin

2017

Multisala Anticrisi

Raffaella Cortese inaugura il terzo spazio in via Stradella

Ada Masoero

Il Giornale dell'Arte

2014

kimsooja: korean pavilion at the Venice art biennale

Anita Hackethal

Designboom

5 June, 2013

publications

Kimsooja – Traversées. Identité, frontière, mémoire : trajectoires artistiques à Poitiers

Emma Lavigne, Emmanuelle de Montgazon

Silvana Editoriale

Milan

2019

della materia spirituale dell'arte / on the spiritual matter of art

Texts by Paolo Benanti, Andrea Carandini, Stefano Catucci, Eleonora Farina, Raffaella Frascarelli, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Riccardo Venturi

Quodlibet

Macerata

2019

Kimsooja: Interviews and Works

Edited by Christiane Meyer-Stoll

Buchhandlung Walther König

2018

Kimsooja: To Breathe Zone Of Zero

Cac Malaga

Malaga

2016

Kimsooja: Unfolding

Edited by Diana Augaitis

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2013

To Breathe: Bottari

Published by Les presses du reel / Les presses du reel

2013