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b. 1966, South Korea

Kyungah Ham Biography

Kyungah Ham works across installation, video, performance and traditional media. The legacy of war is a recurring motif in Kyungah Ham's art, in particular the division of the Korean peninsula and related government propaganda. Ham's paintings and sculptures often conceal political messages, which may initially be eclipsed by the colourful and luscious style in which they are rendered. Ham enacts a dialogue that extends across the barriers of ideology and physical distance that mark South Korea relations with its northern neighbour. Ham's work reflects both historical and contemporary episodes of conflict, and construct a strange and compelling mixture of propaganda, social activism, and personal memory.

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Kyungah Ham was born in Seoul in 1966. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows including Room with a View, Gallery Loop, Seoul (1999), Such Games, Ssamzie Space, Seoul (2008), and Desire and Anesthesia, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2009). She has participated in selected group shows held at: British Museum, London (2005), Musee Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010), Stiftung Ludwig Wein, Vienna (2010), National Museum of Moder and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (travelled to Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2013), and Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2014). She also participated in the 9th Guangdong Triennial (2012) and 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012).

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Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / BigSmile K 02-01-02 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork textile
Kyungah HamNeedling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Big Smile K 02-01-02, 2018North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
141 x 141 cm
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Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Areyou lonely too? C 01-01-03 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork mixed media
Kyungah HamNeedling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Are you lonely too? C 01-01-03, 2016North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
141 x 141 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
What you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities SSK 06-02 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork sculpture
Kyungah HamWhat you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities SSK 06-02, 2018North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
135 x 96 cm
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Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage /Greedy is good K01-01-01 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork sculpture
Kyungah HamNeedling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Greedy is good K01-01-01, 2020North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
141 x 141 cm
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Abstract Weave / Morris Louis Delta Kappa 1960 SS02 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork mixed media, textile
Kyungah HamAbstract Weave / Morris Louis Delta Kappa 1960 SS02, 2019Machine embroidery on cotton, collected internet world news, tassel, wooden frame
112 x 150 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
What you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities DSK 01- D-01 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork mixed media, textile
Kyungah HamWhat you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities DSK 01- D-01, 2016-2017North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, censorship, confiscation, bribe, anxiety, Ideology, wooden frame
92 x 87 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Abstract Weave / Morris Louis Delta Kappa 1960 SS02 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile
Kyungah HamAbstract Weave / Morris Louis Delta Kappa 1960 SS02, 2019Machine embroidery on cotton, collected internet world news, tassel, wooden frame
112 x 150 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
What you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities SK 04-02 by Kyungah Ham contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile
Kyungah HamWhat you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities SK 04-02, 2017–2018North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 2000hrs/1person
195 x 142 cm
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Kyungah Ham Recent Exhibitions

Kyungah Ham Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul

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The South Korean Artist Who Smuggles Internet Culture Across The DMZ Related Press The South Korean Artist Who Smuggles Internet Culture Across The DMZ 17 March 2017, Fast Company

Since 2008, Korean artist Kyungah Ham has worked on a series of massive embroidery pieces with collaborators she's never met. Ham, born in 1966, works with intermediaries to smuggle her designs from S

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Kyungah Ham's restless pursuit of novelty Related Press Kyungah Ham's restless pursuit of novelty 5 October 2016, The Korea Times

Artist Kyungah Ham's colorful image grabs the eyes of visitors to the 10th Taipei Biennial held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. At first glance, they just look like bright-colored abstract patterns, but when examined closely, the canvas is jam-packed with woven stitches in various colors, constituting an elaborate embroidery design....

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Expanding the scope of art at MMCA, Seoul Related Press Expanding the scope of art at MMCA, Seoul 15 September 2016, The Korea Times

There has been an age-long controversy over whether art can be graded and rated, but prestigious art awards across the globe hint at what is going on in contemporary art and what artists are doing. In Korea, the Korea Artist Prize (KAP), currently ongoing at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul, plays this role. This...

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Korea Artist Prize exhibition presents the four finalists at MMCA, Seoul Related Press Korea Artist Prize exhibition presents the four finalists at MMCA, Seoul 13 September 2016, Blouin Artinfo

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, in cooperation with the SBS Culture Foundation, has recently launched the Korea Artist Prize 2016 exhibition, which will run until January 15, 2017. MMCA’s flagship exhibition is showcasing the four finalists of the Prize, namely Kim Eull, Back Seung Woo, Ham Kyungah...

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