Location:Osaka, Japan and Seoul Korea, South Korea
Schools Attended:M.A. in Painting, Photography & images, HANSUNG UNIVERSITY, Graduate School of Arts, Korea, 2005studied in Photography, VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE OSAKA, Japan, 2002B.A. in Fashion, OSAKA SHOIN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY, Japan, 2000
KIM insook is the artist who makes her work mainly with photography and video through interactions with people. For her, the work is ‘an act of connecting’.
She’s working consistently for 14 years with the concept that is ‘ordinary’ in ‘unordinary’ things. And there is also special moment if you focusing on ‘ordinary’ days through private history of the people. The trace of ‘the meeting’ is visualized with installations of photos, videos and objects.
KIM insook thinks their identity is exposed by their private history with the succession of ordinary days. This is why she’s paying attention to ‘ordinary’ days and ‘private history’.
KIM insook is the artist who has interest in identity. Especially, the identity of the people who is put on something between. The interest comes from her own Identity as the third generation of ZAINICHI, Koreans in Japan. She was born in Japan. And working as an artist in Korea for 11 years from 2003.
The process of seeking her own identity made a chance to start the work. (* In this text, ZAINICHI means not just Koreans live in Japan. It means the people who moved to Japan from Korean peninsula in the Japanese colonial period and their descendants. From 1910 to 1945, in the Japanese colonial period, about 200 million people moved to Japan for seeking better life and compulsory manpower mobilization.)
KIM insook had a number of solo exhibitions, including Gwangju Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Changdong Residency. She was also presented in many group exhibitions that include the 16th Festival Month of Photography FOTOFO(Slovakia), Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Donggang International Photo Festival(Korea), Daegu Photo Biennale(Korea) among others. And She exhibited many Museum group exhibitions(Korea and Japan).
KIM insook was selected as an artist in excellence in a 'Photo Review' programs at Seoul Photo Festival (2011), Daegu Photo Biennale (2012), and MIO PHOTO AWARD PRIME (2013).
In 2012, KIM insook’s 47 frame work has been acquired by Ha Jung-Woong Collection (Gwangju Musem of Art) in Korea.
Born in 1978, Osaka Japan. Currently based in Seoul.
2005 M.A. in Painting, Photography & images, HANSUNG UNIVERSITY, Graduate School of Arts, Korea
2002 studied in Photography, VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE OSAKA, Japan
2000 B.A. in Fashion, OSAKA SHOIN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY, Japan
2014 Retelling Tales of the Cherry Blossoms, MIO PHOTO AWARD PRIME, Osaka, Japan
2013 Retelling Tales of the Cherry Blossoms, Canon plex Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Continuous Way, National Art Studio Changdong of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
2008 SAIESEO: between two Koreas and Japan, Gallery ILLUM, Seoul, Korea
2008 sweet hours,Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2005 sweet hours, Art space HUE, Seoul, Korea
2004 lettertoYou, STUDIOEARKA, Osaka, Japan
2002 Chang - 窓window, 唱song, 蒼blue - , Konica PLAZA, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Go-Betweens, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum / THE MUSEUM OF ART, KOCHI, Japan
2015 I Don't Belong, GALLRY H., Taipei, Tiwan
2014 Go-Betweens, MORI ART MUSEUM(Tokyo) / Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan
2014 JeokJaeJeokSo 積材積所, MMCA(National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) Residency
2014 Haikou International Youth Experimental Arts
Festival, Haikou Reflection, Hainan, China
2014 Daegu Photo Biennale, Photo review encounter'12 Finalist exhibition, Korea
2014 HELLO STRANGERS, space K Daegu, Korea
2014 Korea8 KIM insook & MATSUMOTO Ruri exhibition, Atelier am Eck, Dusseldorf, Germany
2014 KT&G SangSagnMadang ChunCheon Opening Exhibition, Chun Cheon, Korea
2014 INTRO, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, Korea
2014 Five Views from Korea, Nooderlicht Photo gallery, The Netherlands
2013 SOCIAL ART, Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea
2013 12th DONGGANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL, Youth Collection, DongGang Museum of photography, Yeongwol, Korea
2013 The national network of municipal art museums Art of Prayers - Special exhibition of Ha Jung -woong collection, Seoul Museum of Art / Gwangju Museum of art, Korea
2013 Artist's Portfolio, SAVINA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Seoul, Korea
2013 Sajin Bipyong (Photography Criticism) Award the past winners Exhibition, Succeeding, TOPOHAUS ART CENTER, Seoul, Korea
2012 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL Parallel Visions: Japan and Korea Contemporary photography exhibition, Pao's Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai
2011 Seoul Photo Festival Special ExhibitionII - Photo review Finalists Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2011 U.K.I.E: VER, AM gallery, Brighton, UK
2011 Time without borders, Art space HUE, Paju, Korea
2009 The Trace of Time -10 Years of Sajin Bipyong Awards, Seoul Museum of art, Seoul, Korea
2009 Asian Age project 2009 exhibition SISIBIBI, ALTERNATIVE SPACE GEONHI, Seoul, Korea
2009 Art in Busan: Inter-city, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
2008 Art Court Frontier 2008 #6, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2006 16th Festival Month of Photography 2006 FOTOFO Contemporary Korean Photography: Korea New Days, DOME Umenia(exhibition hall), Bratislava, Slovakia
2005 Seoul Exhibition of Young Artists, SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART, Seoul, Korea
2005 Asian Age Project 2005 - Photo movie & Talk live Age2, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Suwon, Korea
2004 6th Sajin Bipyong (Photography Criticism) Award winners exhibition, DELIM CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, Seoul, Korea
2003 THE MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY TOKYO 2003, IN & OUT, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
2013 MIO PHOTO AWRD, Selection Committee KASAHARA Michiko (Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), Japan
2012 Daegu Photo Biennale Photo review encounter'12 Finalists, Korea
2011 Seoul Photo Festival Photo review Finalists, Korea
2004 6th Sajin Bipyong (Photography Criticism) Award Prize, Korea
2003 Konica Photo Premio New Generation of 24's Photographers, Japan
2012 Ha Jung-woong collection , Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea
2008 Culture and art promotion found, Arts Council Korea, Korea
2014 Residency Studio by the Cultural Office of the City of Dusseldorf, International exchange artist, Germany
2014 MMCA(National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) Residency Goyang, Korea
2013 MMCA(National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) Residency, community art project Artist, Korea