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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


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


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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