Ayoung Kim
South Korea, b.1979


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Ayoung Kim's recent work considers the natural resources of the seas and deserts, reflecting on how oil has become the equivalent of gold in our contemporary era and how this phenomenon intertwines with the history of the Middle East. The artist realigns and fragments macro-histories of the Middle East alongside the modern Korean economic boom resulting from political and economic ties with the region, overlaying these with individual micro-histories from within these two countries, merging them to create a unique kind of cultural algorithm. The algorithm departs from meta-storylines and transforms into a disassembled and scattered narrative, highlighting the intersection, collision, and tension of language—librettos which Kim utilizes to create experimental chorus performances. Working in collaboration with the composer Heera Kim these compositions use unnatural sounds from a musical score similar to avant-garde opera. Kim is particularly interested in the myths and history of bitumen, commonly known as the base material of asphalt and a black, dark brown solid or viscous residue of refined petroleum. The history and use of naturally occurring bitumen dates long before the discovery of petroleum, and as described in the Bible, the substance was extracted from trees and used to coat the interior and exterior of Noah’s ark.

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Video , Sound, Sound Installation, Natural Resources, Oil Issue in the Middle East, Modern History, Modern and Contemporary History, Catastrophe, Capitalism, Globalization, Hegemonism, Human and Society, Narrativity, Collaboration, Music, South Korea

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
2010
MA, Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, London
2007
BA. (Hons), Photography, LCC (London College of Communication), London, UK (1st Class in Dissertation)
2002
BFA, Visual Communication Design, Kookmin University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2016
In This Vessel We Shall Be Kept, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2015
Zepheth, Whale Oil, Hanging Gardens, Shell (Lecture performance accompanied by a publication), The Book Society, Seoul
Zepheth, Whale Oil from the Hanging Gardens to You, Shell 2 (Music Theater), Box Theater, Seoul Art Space Mullae, Seoul
2014
The Railway Traveler’s Handbook, RTO Performance Hall, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul
2013
The Railway Traveler’s Handbook, Box Theater, Seoul Art Space Mullae, Seoul
2012
Crossings, 16 Bungee, Seoul
PH Express, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2010
Minima Memoria, Street Level, Glasgow
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Group Exhibitions
2017
Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Available Light : #5. Après le miroir (Group Screening), Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Samramansang: New Acquisitions 2013~2016, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul
Metropolis of Desire: Visible and Invisible, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
2016
Festival Manca Sound Art Festival, CIRM(Centre National de Création Musicale), Nice, France
OVNi(Objectif Vidéo Nice) Video Art Festival, Hotel Windsor, Nice, France
Fraud Tectonics (Performance) in 30 Years 1986-2016: As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
La rumeur des naufrages, Palais Garnier, Paris
Urban Legends, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Harsh Landscape: Sonic Cartography, Mcaulay Studio Foyer, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong (Co-presented by CMHK: Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong)
2015
Secret Cinema (Group Screening), A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
All the World's Futures, La Biennale di Venezia: 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice
Film Montage, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul
2014
Malfunction Library, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2012
The Shade of Prosperity (Group Screening), Rivington Place, London
Theater of Sand in Playtime, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul
Artspectrum 2012, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
2011
Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York
Future Map Prize, 176/Zabludowicz Collection, London
2009
The Cinematic-Montage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2008
T.error: Your Fear Is an External Object, Menupont Galeria, Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle) Budapest, Budapest
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Grants & Awards
2017
International Cultural Exchange Grant, Arts Council Korea, Korea
2015
Young Artist of the Year Award, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea
Grant for a participation in 56th Venice Biennale, Arts Council Korea, Korea
SeMA Emerging Artist Grant, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2014
MAP: Multidisciplinary Art Grant, Seoul Art Space Mullae, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2013
Project Grant, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2012
Project Grant, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2010
Finalist, Future Map Prize, 176/Zabludowicz Collection & University of the Arts London, UK
The British Institution Award, Royal Academy of Arts, UK
UK Winner, Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2010, Magenta Foundation, Canada
Shortlisted, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, UK
2009
Young Art Frontier Grant, Arts Council Korea, Korea
2008
Finalist, Critical Mass 2008, Photo Lucida, US
2nd Prize, 30th Joong-Ang Fine Arts Prize, Korea
NArt Grant, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
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Collections
MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Korea
Platform L, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea
The Joaquim Paiva Collection/Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Joong-Ang Daily, Korea
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Gridded Currents