Kimsooja "A Mirror Woman: The Sun & The Moon"

Shiseido Gallery

poster for Kimsooja "A Mirror Woman: The Sun & The Moon"

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Kimsooja was born in 1957 in Taegu, South Korea. After she studied painting at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, she went to Paris on a French government scholarship to attend the Lithography Studio at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1992, she went to New York as an artist-in-residence with P.S.1's International Studio Program. Since then, she has been working internationally, taking part in the Istanbul Biennale in 1997, the "Cities on the Move" exhibition from 1997-2000, the Venice Biennale in 1999, 2001, 2005, and 2007. Her solo exhibition traveled through various venues from 2003 to 2004, starting with the Lyon Contemporary Art Museum. She also held a solo exhibition at the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid in 2006.

Kimsooja uses photography, installation, performance and video as her chosen media. In her installations, she often uses colorful traditional Korean fabrics used as bedsheets for newlywed couples in Korea. The act of “sewing” has a very important meaning to her. Especially in Korea, "sewing" is seen as a women's job and referred to as a symbol of femininity. Now, as an itinerant artist, she considers herself a sort of needle attempting to stitch through, and together, different people, societies, and the world.

"Bottari" is one of Kimsooja's representative works. It was made out of a Korean bedsheet which is used to wrap old pieces of cloth. In Korea, wrapping things when people move or rearrange their personal belongings is a traditional custom. Another important idea underlying her work is the relation between yin and yang. The two do not necessarily oppose, but rather complement each other. Her works use Korean fabrics to express many different manifestations of yin and yang - such as man and woman, life and death, joy and sadness, and prosperity and decline.

Kimsooja's newest work entitled "A Mirror Woman : The Sun & The Moon" is a video work in which she shot the sun, the moon and the ocean in Goa, India. The sun and the moon, as well as the high and low tide, are perfect examples of yin and yang relationships. Also, the sun, moon and ocean control in some way all lives on Earth. This work is a dynamic piece that deals with nature. We also plan to show her "bottari" installation.



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