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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Kimsooja

b. 1957, South Korea

Since the 1980s, Kimsooja has made a significant contribution to contemporary art. North American audiences were introduced to her work in the early 1990s when she began constructing bottari—objects wrapped in colourful Korean fabrics—during a residency at MoMA PS1 in New York. Her adaptation of this Korean tradition of using fabric to bundle and transport domestic items not only garnered the international art community’s attention, but also became a formal and symbolic device that she continued to use throughout her career. Throughout her work Kimsooja explores themes of geography and how culture is shaped by its regional context in ways both explicit and subtle. The multipart works weave together the different strands of disparate and foreign cultures portraying the world as an integrated, albeit complex whole.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaUntitled, 1991 Seven iron rings, used cloths, threads
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Deductive Object by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaDeductive Object, 1997 Used clothes and bedcovers
47 x 390 x 289 cm
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
A Needle Woman - Paris by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaA Needle Woman - Paris, 2009 DVD, single channel video, 25 min loop, silent
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Geometry of Body by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaGeometry of Body, 2015 Artist's yogamat
182.9 x 61 cm
KEWENIG
To Breathe - A Mirror Woman by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaTo Breathe - A Mirror Woman, 2006–2009 Duraclear photographic print in lightbox
185 x 138 x 16 cm
KEWENIG
Encounter - Looking into Sewing by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaEncounter - Looking into Sewing, 1998–2013 Digital Flex Print, sandwich mounted
203 x 117 cm
KEWENIG
To Breathe: Mandala (YELLOW) by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaTo Breathe: Mandala (YELLOW), 2010 Single ready-made American jukebox speaker with the artist’s voice performance “The Weaving Factory” (2004);
KEWENIG
Deductive Object (VII) by Kimsooja contemporary artwork KimsoojaDeductive Object (VII), 1996–2013 Digital flex print, sandwich mounted
102 x 75 cm
KEWENIG

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Infinitive Mutability at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
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25 March–1 June 2019 Group Exhibition Infinitive Mutability Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Kimsooja, Room #2 at KEWENIG, Berlin
Closed
20 February–16 March 2019 Kimsooja Room #2 KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Kimsooja, Gazing into Sphere at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp
Closed
20 January–24 March 2018 Kimsooja Gazing into Sphere Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp

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Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward Create Visual Metaphors for Migration, Exile, and Belonging Related Press Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward Create Visual Metaphors for Migration, Exile, and Belonging Hyperallergic : 6 August 2018

KANSAS CITY, Missouri—It is safe to say that the United States is in the midst of a deep crisis of identity, fueled by nationalism, fear-mongering across the political spectrum, and denial about the legacy of migration. Worlds Otherwise Hidden at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City features work by three artists who materially and...

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Frieze Sculpture 2018: the highlights Related Press Frieze Sculpture 2018: the highlights Wallpaper* : 4 July 2018

Between Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup, there's been plenty of distractions from London's unusually Mediterranean weather of late.

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Life, times unwrapped Related Press Life, times unwrapped The West Australian : 29 March 2018

Like the flags being flattened against one another, Kimsooja's nom de plume is a flattening, a collapsing of her birth name — Kim Soo-Ja.She became Kimsooja for the sake of a URL and quite liked that she'd found an 'anarchist's name' that was without gender, marital status, nationality or religious identity.Kimsooja is a conceptual...

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Kimsooja - A Cosmic Egg at The Fair Related Press Kimsooja - A Cosmic Egg at The Fair CoBo : 3 April 2017

When she first performed A Needle Woman in 1999 in Japan, Korean artist Kimsooja was standing still in the middle of a crowd in a busy street of Tokyo. Later, she repeated this performance many times in different cities of the world, describing herself metaphorically as a needle passing through the fabric of a place and its people.

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Zoe Chun, Kukje Gallery on Deductive Object at Art Basel Hong Kong Related Video & Audio Zoe Chun, Kukje Gallery on Deductive Object at Art Basel Hong Kong CoBo : 27 March 2017

CoBo speaks to Zoe Chun, Communication Director of Kukje Gallery – CoBo Challenge at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017.

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Kimsooja on 'Brilliant Ideas' Related Video & Audio Kimsooja on 'Brilliant Ideas' Bloomberg : 26 January 2017

Born in 1957 in Daegu, South Korea, Kimsooja started attracting the attention of the international art community when she began constructing Korean bottaris in her art – a gesture and motif that continues to appear in her work till today. Her art centers on the work and labor of women –beginning with her early sewn works, to her films and video...

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