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Kimsooja

New York, NY

Born 1957, Taegu, Korea

Visual Artist

My work combines performance, video and installation addressing issues of the displaced self and others. I've been trying to bring together a conceptual, logical and structural investigation of performance through immobility that inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant actor. Refusing to draw a systematic play of contrasts into any sort of tension charged dialectical relationship, I instead try to achieve a delicate equilibrium that opposite poles are brought to the fore as a natural basis for harmony: inserting myself as both subject and object of the viewer's gaze, an individual and an abstraction, a specific woman and every woman, instrument and actress, motionless and purposeful, balancing between presence and absence, wishing that the fact of what the eye sees is a truism.

1980 B.F.A., Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

1984 M.A., Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

2006 Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2007 A Wind Woman, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2006 To Breathe - A mirror woman (Respirar - Una mujer espejo), a site-specific installation at the Crystal Palace, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofiĀ­a, Madrid

To Breathe / Respirare, a site-specific installation at La Fenice Theater, in conjunction with a joint solo exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, Italy

Kimsooja, Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden

2005 Conditions of Anonymity, video and performance at The 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, Creative Time, New York, NY

2004-2003 Conditions of Humanity, traveling solo show, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany; Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

2003 Kim Sooja, Zacheta National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2001 A Needle Woman, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

2000 A Needle Woman - A Woman Who Weaves the World, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2002 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation, New York, NY

Artist of the American Art Award, Commissioned by Whitney Museum of American Art, sponsored by Cartier Co., New York, NY

1992-93 Artist in Residence, P.S.1 Museum, New York, NY

1984 Awarded French Government Scholarship for Lithography, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Year Awarded 2007
Category Visual Arts
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