KIMSOOJA AND BIENALSUR: THE NOMAD EXPERIENCE OF THREE EXHIBITIONS
The acclaimed Korean artist Kimsooja will inaugurate on Wednesday September 22nd the last part of her trilogy of simultaneous exhibitions through which she landed in Buenos Aires. Chapter 3: Kimsooja. An inner experience arrives at the Korean Cultural Center in the Argentine capital as a part of Bienalsur 2021, the biennial that emerged at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and that now takes place simultaneously in more than 124 venues, 23 countries and 50 cities around the world, with the participation of about 400 artists.
Under the curatorial axis Modes of inhabiting / Transits and Migrations the exhibition is curated by BIENALSUR’s artistic director, Diana Wechsler, and brings together performative photographs and objects that recover the daily actions of women in Korean society, thus posing a dialogue with the general environment in itself.
The KIMSOOJA BUENOS AIRES Project seeks to establish links between different cultures and societies, and the artist's work in Buenos Aires is presented in a comprehensive manner, in the form of chapters located in different venues, in that way building one of the more “special corridors” in the third edition of the biennial.
Among the works presented at the Korean Cultural Center, the Mandala pieces stand out: Zone of Zero (YELLOW), Encounter - Looking into Sewing, Deductive Object (VI) and Deductive Object (VII).
Born in 1957 in Daegu, South Korea, Kimsooja is a renowned multimedia conceptual artist who lives and works between Seoul, New York and Paris. Her practice combines performance, video, photography and site-specific installations, using textiles, lights and sound. The Korean artist has highlighted her fondness for “relational performance”, a process that involves the viewer and considers his or her performative place, a process that expands the creativity of her proposal.
In many of her productions, she recovers the daily actions of the women in Korean society, their objects, uses and customs. In Kimsooja's work, the so-called bottaris stand out. These are bundles made up of colorful blankets that surround a brief selection of objects that are significant to the owner.
Kimsooja's art reaches latent conceptual and experiential domains in the environment, seeking to connect with the consciousness of oneself and with that of others. She investigates issues related to the conditions of humanity, at the same time exploring aspects related to aesthetics, culture, politics and the environment. Her work invites the viewer to question his or her own existence, to fathom on its significance for the world in general and the greatest challenges that humanity faces in our era.
Throughout her career, the Korean artist has exhibited in prestigious art centers such as MoMA PS1, Museo Reina Sofía, Center Pompidou Metz, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Museum of Modern Art Saint-Etienne, Kunstmuseum Palast Dusseldorf, PAC Milan, ICC Tokyo and MMCA Seoul, and has also been a part of the Venice and São Paulo Biennials, among other renowned venues.
Chapter 1: Kimsooja. The encounter with the other was inaugurated on September 10 at the MUNTREF, in its Hotel de Inmigrantes venue, with sitie-specific works, video installations and video performances such as To Breathe, Archive of Mind, Bottari: 2021, Thread Routes and A Needle Woman. The exhibition will remain until the end of December, and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 11 am and 6 pm with prior reservation.
On the other hand, Chapter 2: Kimsooja. Nómada was inaugurated on September 15 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and includes photographs, installations, objects and videos. Some of these creations are Deductive Object, Bottari Truck - Migrateurs, Cities on the Move - 2727 KM Bottari Truck and Obangsaek (rolled carpet). The exhibition can be visited until November 21.
Regarding the exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center, it can be visited until October 21, from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.