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Kimsooja

Korean, b. 1957

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Kimsooja

Korean, b. 1957

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Kimsooja, born Kim Soo-Ja, adopted her nom de plume in 2003 when she picked a domain name for her first website; she was struck by the conceptual implications of combining her family name and given name, and memorialized the act as a conceptual piece titled A One-Word Name Is An Anarchist’s Name (2003). This musing on identity and its social implications is characteristic of Kimsooja’s performance works, in which she photographs or films herself in crowded city streets around the world with her back facing the camera. In these, she adopts different personae: the Needle Woman, the Beggar Woman, the Homeless Woman. Kimsooja is also known for her performances, sculptures, and installations using the bottari—the traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings—as a symbol of structure and connection.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art, and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Kimsooja, born Kim Soo-Ja, adopted her nom de plume in 2003 when she picked a domain name for her first website; she was struck by the conceptual implications of combining her family name and given name, and memorialized the act as a conceptual piece titled A One-Word Name Is An Anarchist’s Name (2003). This musing on identity and its social implications is characteristic of Kimsooja’s performance works, in which she photographs or films herself in crowded city streets around the world with her back facing the camera. In these, she adopts different personae: the Needle Woman, the Beggar Woman, the Homeless Woman. Kimsooja is also known for her performances, sculptures, and installations using the bottari—the traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings—as a symbol of structure and connection.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Kimsooja
Articles Featuring Kimsooja
Korean Artist Kimsooja Breathes Life (and Light) into the Centre Pompidou-Metz
Nov 20th, 2015
Korean Artist Kimsooja Breathes Life (and Light) into the Centre Pompidou-Metz
My Frieze Week New York Highlights
May 8th, 2013
My Frieze Week New York Highlights
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