Sujin Lim

May 2016

Sujin Lim was born in 1979 in Seoul, South Korea.


Biography

Sujin Lim got an MFA in sculpture  in 2006 from Seoul National University and an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus University in 2014. Her art practice involves research, the use of metaphor, and building physical site-specific interventions to transform actual sites into surreal images.


Recent Activities

2015
Berliner Herbstsalon, IMAGINARY BAUHAUS MUSEUM GOES GORKI Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin DE
“Connected in Art Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow”, Schloss Plüschow, DE
2014
GLOBAL (CON)TEMPORARY, Fluc, curated by Ursula Maria Probst, Vienna, AT
KulturKontakt Austria, Ausstellungraum des Bundeskanzleramtes, Vienna, AT
Transcendental Translations of Today, Schloss Laudon, Vienna, AT
„Aus dem Off“, Winterthur, CH
‘Illuminate The Darkness’, Viehauktionshalle Weimar, DE
‘WE ARE ALL PUBLIC”, OMA, Weimar, DE
Open Studio, Schloss Plüschow, DE
2013
‘(Un)disciplined Body, Partei-Schule, Erfurt, DE
Open Studio, TAV Gallery, Taipei, TW
2012
‘EXCHAGE’, Goethe Institute, Athens, GR
‘At the End of the World’, Marke 6. Neues Museum,Weimar, DE
‘EXCHAGE’, Broadway Passage, Athens, GR
‘Was Tun?’, Koelleda City Radio Museum, DE
‘3003 Studio Exhibition’, Xian, CN
2011
Open Studio in GlogauAIR, Berlin, DE
‘ANIMATUS’ Make Shop Art Space, Paju, Gyunggi, KR

Solo Exhibitions
2014
“FACTORyAL LANDSCAPE’, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, CH
2007
‘Heart Attack’, Noam Gallery, Seoul, KR
2006
‘Debonair’, Gallery in Chang-dong International Art Studio Korea, Seoul, KR

 

Statement

The Way to Freedom Square2016

Site-specific Intervention/ Performance

Video documentation

Dancing in public spaces is illegal in Iran. Although there are many restrictions on body presentation, such as wearing a scarf and covering the body with long clothes being mandatory for women in public spaces in Iran, this restriction on free movement imposes strong control on individual bodies in everyday life.

How can dancing be defined differently from natural human body movement? How does this restriction force one to regulate her/his own body in everyday life?

The performance ‘The Way to Freedom Square’ explores the border between standing/walking/free movement of the body and dancing on the street in Tehran.  This performance is navigating the alternative means to express freedom of the body.  Furthermore, by embracing the reactions during the performance, I intend to see how far this regulation affects people and how they internalize it in their mind.

* Technical equipment info:  projector 1, Sound speaker 1

 

Two Notions on Height2016

Video

Plastic surgery is very popular in Korea. Many people get surgery every year for getting ‘better appearance’ such as bigger eyes, higher nose and/or a smaller jaw.

The notion about having a standard beauty in one society is not only bringing people satisfaction based on their physical appearance on a personal level, but it is also deeply connected to the possibilities of acquiring a better job or higher social status through marriage which one can achieve in this community.

How can societal consensus ideas affect the physical shape of the individual body in one society? During my stay in Iran, I have observed two contrasting notions on beauty focused on the nose for women in both Korea and Iran: a higher nose is desirable for Koreans and a smaller nose for Iranians. I explore these frames beyond one single dominant belief pursuing unreachable height of nose that we cannot acquire naturally.

* Technical equipment info:  projector 2, wooden or plastic panels 2 for screen (approx.. 280×160 cm for each)