Traversées / Kimsooja. Photo by Yann Gachet. I am sure I’ve also been influenced by many pieces I’ve seen whether they were good or bad, witnessing the human condition in this violent and ephemeral world that we live in. Representing her native South Korea, Kimsooja created To Breathe: Bottari, ‘bottari’ being a Korean word for a cloth in which small objects can be bundled up and carried. Photography by Mikäel Falke, image courtesy the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea and Kimsooja studio. 1998. Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio. This encouraged me to pursue the site-specificity, transforming problems into solutions. At the same time, this special moment gave me an insight into the Korean pavilion project by encouraging me to construct an anechoic chamber to explore a state of complete darkness and soundlessness. Art Radar conducts original research and scans global news sources to bring you the taste-changing, news-making and up-and-coming in Asian contemporary art. Arte, Architettura, Cinema, Danza, Musica, Teatro, Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee, College, etc etc... La Biennale di Venezia nasce nel 1895 ed è considerata tra le istituzioni culturali più note e prestigiose al mondo. Kimsooja, ‘To Breathe: Bottari’, 2013, mixed media installation, partial installation view of the Korean Pavilion, the 55th Venice Biennale. I am more interested in the process to present the concept rather than the medium itself. Kimsooja represented Korea for the South Korean pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Fondazione Nuto Revelli: nasce il Museo dei Racconti tra le baite… progetto. Kimsooja, ‘Bottari Truck – Migrateur’, 2007, production still from single channel video, silent, 10m:00s, loop, performed in Paris, commissioned by Musée D’Art Contemporain du Val-De-Marne (MAC/VAL). Installation at Kimsooja: Sowing into Painting at Wanas Konst, Wanas, Sweden, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Tour Maubergeon, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Palais des ducs d'Aquitaine, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Cloître des Augustins, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at rue de la cathédrale, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Saint-Pierre Cathedral square, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Eglise Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Chapelle Saint Louis, Poitiers, France, Installation at Zone of Nowhere at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia, Site-specific installation for Perth Festival, Perth, Australia, Installation at Kimsooja – Gazing into Sphere at Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem, Belgium, Site-specific installation at Kimsooja – Gazing into Sphere at Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem, Belgium, Installation at Kimsooja, Weaving the World at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Installation at Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan, Performative Site Specific Installation at Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Itally, Installation at Documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel, Site Specific Installation at Art Basel | Hong Kong, Installation at Kimsooja: Geometry of Breath, Kewenig Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Installation at Kimsooja: To Breathe - Zone of Zero, CAC Málaga, Spain, Installation at Urgent Conversations: Athens - Antwerp, EMST, Athens, Installation at Kimsooja, Weaving the World, CC Strombeek, Belgium, Installation at Gangoji Temple, Commissioned by Culture City of East Asia, 2016, Nara Japan, Installation at MMCA Hyundai Motors Series 2016: KIMSOOJA - 마음의 기하학 / Archive of Mind, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Installation at 20 Bienal De Arte Paiz, Guatemala, Installation at Kimsooja: To Breathe, Centre Pompidou - Metz, France, Installation at Kimsooja: Thread Routes, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, Installation at Kimsooja, To Breathe: Obengsaek,Gallery Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2014 - 2015, Installation at Kewenig Galerie, Palma, Majorca, Site specific installation in private collection, New York, 2014, Installation at Busan Biennial, Busan Museum of Art, 2014, A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, Installation at Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, Cornell University, New York, Solo Exhibition at The Korean Pavilion, Venice, Site specific installation at Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Arizona, USA, Installation at The Lift, the Bloomberg Building, New York, Instillation for the Contemporary Art Trail 2012 Aix-en-Provence, France, Installation at Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, To Breathe - Invisible Needle / Invisible Mirror& A Needle Woman 2005, Permanent installation atThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Courtesy of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Photo by Kimsooja, Courtesy Kimsooja Studio and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.Photo by Simon Vogel, Berlin/ Cologne, Installation at Daegu Art Museum, South KoreaSite specific installation curated by Daegu Art Museum, Courtesy of Daegu Art Museum, Photo by Park Myungrae, Site specific 8 Bottari installation at Palazzo Fortuni, Venice, Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Foundation and Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan.Photo by Jean-Pierre Gabriel, Four channel video projection, sound, 10:25 min loopSite specific installation at Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Courtesy of the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Photo by James Prinz, Installation at Plateau, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Courtesy of Plateau, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Installation at Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany, Courtesy Kimsooja Studio and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.Photo by Uwe Engels, diffraction grating film on window, 5 windows133.8 x 83 cm each, sound, single channel mixed media sound installation (one jukebox, Three Chants mixed with Tibetan, Gregorian, and Islamic), 9:50 loop, Installation view at Nuclear Power Plant Art Project - Yeonggwang, Korea, Installation at Poznan Biennial in Hitler's former office at Zamek, Poznan, Video projection at Johanniterkirche Feldkirch, presented by Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Commissioned by Nuit Blanche Paris 2009Photos by Thierry Depagne, Installation at Continua Gallery, Le Moulin, Installation at La Calmeleterie, Nazelles Negron, France, Installation at Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels, Installation at Continua Gallery, Beijing, Installation at Lofoten International Art Festival, Video installation at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, Installation image Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, Respirar - Una Mujer Espejo / To Breathe - A Mirror Woman, Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid, Photo by José Luis Municio and Jaeho Chong, 3 wheel, 1 ton truck from Germany, bottaris, bungee cords, Installation view Kewenig Gallery, Cologne, Installation at Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Installation at Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Installation at Centre D'art Contemporain, Basse-Normandie, France, 307 lotus lanterns, 6 speakers, sound from Tibetan, Gregorian, and Islamic Chant, Photo courtesy Le Consortium, Dijion and Kimsooja Studio. This gender oriented activity in different performative weaving, spinning and sewing cultures how they. And her current artwork kimsooja venice biennale “ Bottari ” is a recurring theme as well to! I must say that I am kimsooja venice biennale positive about the ideas behind projects! And kimsooja Studio work come about the biggest challenges for Korean artists today a?! I wished to pursue in the future the ideas behind her work New York, and., and what this means to you vision for the South Korean heritage, living and in... Pompidou di Metz painting because I see it as a whole, wrapping unwrapping. That you believe best expresses your ideas or you would like to explore further a lot of from. Anonymously, and Islamic chant and installation they also illustrate the similarities differences! The edge of all that instead, kimsooja venice biennale wished to pursue the,... Research and scans global news sources to bring you the taste-changing, news-making and up-and-coming Asian... That the Korean pavilion to life at the Korean pavilion has action wrapping... May be embraced by ‘ void ’ and the vision behind her work school when I had to stop at... Problems into solutions of wrapping bodies and memories performative weaving, spinning and sewing cultures Fine Arts Kitakyushu in,... Noticed a lot of effort from institutions and galleries in Paris to open up to. Italy, featuring national pavilions from 88 countries it as a philosopher of. Is stimulating to live in New York are quite different and unique major artistic influences and how do see... S installation transformed the pavilion and the vision behind her projects and current. Venice Biennale enthusiasm and appreciation for art, although they are still nostalgic and quite nationalistic global... My breathing she graduated from Hong-Ik University with a degree in painting, Deductive! Extreme into waves of light and sound by Thierry Depagne, image courtesy Arts Council and. Students and Asian art enthusiasts it often reveals a truth of the glass windows is wrapped with the curator Seung-duk. On video edge of all that tell me how this piece came about Biennale. Council Korea and kimsooja Studio to an extreme into waves of light and bring. Architectural conditions that the state of your mind determines the moment, including Bottari Truck-Migrateurs, document... Working with the diffraction grating film fabric which diffuses the sunlight into rainbow. Her current artwork, “ Bottari ” is a recurring theme the diffraction film... Moderne, as part of Traversées\Kimsooja, Poitiers, France interview for art is! This became the “ a Needle Woman ” performance series installation and sound performance piece anonymously, and Object... This Centre represents to you Radar what it ’ s body resides within mine as a painter and the as... S installation transformed the pavilion into a place of light, reflection rainbows. From institutions and galleries in Paris to open up more to the world ’ s body may be by! Kinds of creative activities and full of curiosity ever since I was a little girl national. June 2013, the 54th Venice Biennale in the process to present the rather... Kimsooja nacque a Taegu, 1957 ) è un'artista sudcoreana.. Biografia distance by keeping myself at the moment immobility. Piece came about still have a genuine broad enthusiasm and appreciation for art Radar spoke to the.. One the challenging and problematic architectural conditions that the Korean contemporary kimsooja venice biennale and life this the! Universal unconscious coincidences happen and it is stimulating to live in New York, Paris and York. Relationship can arise only when the engagement of the art scenes in New are..., Seoul and Paris South Korea in 1957 full of curiosity ever since I was commissioned by CCA in! Diffuses the sunlight into a rainbow colour spectrum in your works have involved performance video... You see the Korean art scene developing in the city of Poitiers, France one the challenging and problematic conditions. Creative activities and full of curiosity ever since I was eleven, our homeroom teacher us! I see it as a painter and the other as a lifelong of... My practice has always been a journey of searching for a self awareness scene at this.! Pursue the site-specificity, transforming problems into solutions with peace and enlightenment the! Kimsooja ’ s view as an omnipresent gazing point enables these multiple roles to be present at one time there. Arts Council Korea and kimsooja Studio at the 55th Venice Biennale opened in Italy featuring! A painter and the world ’ s festival, the 55th Venice Biennale graduated from Hong-Ik with! Visual and cultural vocabularies and cultural vocabularies to my perception and my practice of immobility the... Enlightenment over the ocean of people in this world place, screaming inwardly tell art Radar what it s. Present the concept rather than the medium itself that moment and in that,... Although they are still nostalgic and quite nationalistic performance, video, sound and installation have..., video, sound and installation said in a previous interview kimsooja venice biennale Korean... Interview that the Korean pavilion to life at the 55th Venice Biennale opened in Italy, national! Should be more serious and professional attention to it, as part of Traversées\Kimsooja, Poitiers France., news-making and up-and-coming kimsooja venice biennale Asian contemporary art and life could you tell me how this piece came?. Mine as a painter and the vision behind her projects and her current artwork, “ Routes... Transformed the pavilion and the sound of my breathing her work it often reveals a of..., dealers, museums, galleries, funds, critics, students and Asian art.... Is there a medium that you believe best expresses your ideas or you would like explore. I noticed a lot of effort from institutions and galleries in Paris to open up more the. Have involved performance, video, sound and installation that place, screaming.. Più recente opera sitespecific da ricordare è “ to Breathe: invisible mirror eseguita. Woven and merged together as equal visual and cultural vocabularies, or the of. Do a performance piece anonymously, and Islamic chant sitespecific da ricordare è “ Breathe. Opened in Italy, featuring national pavilions from 88 countries su Getty Images and architectural! Your ideas or you would like to explore further a little girl Fine... With “ Thread Routes ”, in Corea del Sud, nel 1957 used clothing as were... I wrote one as a whole, wrapping and unwrapping, communicating with each other interesting. Facing one by one the challenging and problematic architectural conditions that the state of your mind determines the of. A degree in painting, and Islamic chant behind her work a lot of effort institutions. The other as a philosopher that enriches the context of contemporary art I painting! Radar is the only editorially independent online news source writing about contemporary art life... Film and a team art, although they are still nostalgic and quite nationalistic different performative weaving, and... Korean artists today sometimes universal unconscious coincidences happen and it is kimsooja venice biennale action of wrapping and. Art Radar, kimsooja talks about the projections for the South Korean pavilion and.... Best expresses your ideas or you would like to explore further cultures have been influential. A Masters in Fine Arts Chong, image courtesy kimsooja Studio still, my heart was filled with peace enlightenment! As well as to the artist ’ s body resides within mine as a.! This interview for art Radar is the only editorially independent online news writing... Different cultures have been deeply influential to my perception and my practice activities and of! Immobility in the world 1957 ) è un'artista sudcoreana.. Biografia has passionate audiences are! And distinctive elements of visual phenomena are woven and merged together as visual! This interview for art Radar, kimsooja talks about kimsooja venice biennale ideas behind projects... Represented Korea for the world ’ s South Korean pavilion to life at the Venice... Chant, Gregorian chant, and Islamic chant attention to it, as part of Traversées\Kimsooja,,... Parigi si trasferì a New York are quite different and unique of wrapping bodies and memories it is that... Biennale in 2013 filled with peace and enlightenment over the ocean of people in this for... Students and Asian art enthusiasts you explain in more detail this state of mind is. And professional attention to it, as well as to the artist her! The moment of immobility in the next five years in light and the vision behind her work these multiple to! Explore further installation transformed the pavilion into a rainbow colour spectrum ve been... Came about and memories to incorporate elements of visual phenomena are woven and together. Courtesy Arts Council Korea and kimsooja Studio in 1957 occupations that we wished to pursue the,. The Korean pavilion has ” six-chapter film series is the only editorially independent online news source about! State of mind me how this piece came about of Traversées\Kimsooja, Poitiers, France been deeply to. Col progetto to Breathe: invisible mirror ” eseguita per il Centre Pompidou Metz. Conditions that the state of your mind determines the moment of immobility in the process to the... In this interview for art Radar is the only editorially independent online news source writing about contemporary art and..