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kimsooja

biography

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

Korean born conceptual multi media artist, Kimsooja combines performance, video, photo and installation. Her work addresses issues of the displaced self, while investigating the dualistic and existential nature of philosophy, as in the relationship of yin and yang, life and death; mobility and immobility, location and dislocation, developing her practice on boundaries of life and art. Kimsooja’s videos and installations blur the lines between aesthetics and transcendent experience through the use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and images from global cultures. While striking for vibrant colors and the density of their imagery, Kimsooja’s works emphasize metaphysical changes in the artist-as-performer as well as in the viewer.

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

Korean born conceptual multi media artist, Kimsooja combines performance, video, photo and installation. Her work addresses issues of the displaced self, while investigating the dualistic and existential nature of philosophy, as in the relationship of yin and yang, life and death; mobility and immobility, location and dislocation, developing her practice on boundaries of life and art. Kimsooja’s videos and installations blur the lines between aesthetics and transcendent experience through the use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and images from global cultures. While striking for vibrant colors and the density of their imagery, Kimsooja’s works emphasize metaphysical changes in the artist-as-performer as well as in the viewer.

Kimsooja’s selected solo exhibitions and projects 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); Chiostri di Sant'Eustorgio, Milan (2018).

Kimsooja has exhibited in major international museums and collections: MAXXI, Rome (2019); Museion, Bolzano (2017); Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (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, Denmark (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, Washington (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, Long Island City (2001).

She has also taken part in important Biennials: Venice (1999, 2005, 2013); Sao Paolo (1997); Whitney (2002); Istanbul (1997); Lyon (2000); Gwangju (1995, 2012); Thessaloniki (2010); Moscow (2009); 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 – 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 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 – 15.3.2020

Photo: Agostino Osio, Alto Piano studio Courtesy: Fondazione MAXXI

Poitiers, France

Traversées \ Kimsooja

12.10.2019 – 19.1.2020

Photo: Yann Gachet

Poitiers, France

Traversées \ Kimsooja

12.10.2019 – 19.1.2020

Photo: Yann Gachet

Poitiers, France

Traversées \ Kimsooja

12.10.2019 – 19.1.2020

Photo: Yann Gachet

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

Mirror image: Kimsooja’s self-reflective installations take over the French city of Poitiers

Andy St Louis

Wallpaper

October 12, 2019

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

Fi Churchman

ArtReview Asia

April 13, 2018

Kimsooja - Nähen und knoten

Kristin Schmidt

Kunstbulletin

November 2017

Multisala Anticrisi

Raffaella Cortese inaugura il terzo spazio in via Stradella

Ada Masoero

Il Giornale dell'Arte

September 2014

kimsooja: korean pavilion at the venice art biennale

Anita Hackethal

Designboom

June 5, 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

video


Meet the Artists | Kimsooja

2020

Film: Virgile Texier ​Cinematography: Jules Theret ​Post-production: Bengale TV and Oscar Dewatz ​Production: Coline Milliard and Jeanne-Salomé Rochat for Art Basel


Traversées \ Kimsooja: To breathe

2019

Traversées \ Kimsooja, City of Poitiers


Kimsooja: "A Beggar Woman" & "A Homeless Woman"

2009

From Art21’s Extended Play series Video courtesy Art21, art21.org, founded 1997