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Sora Kim at the Atelier Hermès

Solo exhibition (untitled)

Korean conceptual artist Sora Kim is a graduate of the University of Seoul and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. As the guest of the Atelier Hermès, she presents fifteen works representing new directions in her artistic career.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Sora Kim at the Atelier Hermès
© Kiyong NAM

Since 1990, Sora Kim (b. 1965) has explored the concept of social interaction and human relationships, based on a distinctive approach applied in specific ways. Her photographic and video work, for example, appropriates the behaviours of service enterprises (banks, travel agencies, supermarkets, pharma laboratories) to create disruptive events in the real world, overturning social realities and provoking the emergence of new, unexpected meanings.

Sora Kim's exhibition at Atelier Hermès features fifteen different works – many of them new – in a variety of media, all untitled. The show also includes four new videos – Abstract Reading, Day Break, Untitled, Turtle Video – and a series of constructions/sculptures using different materials (bricks, cement, a radio, lightbulbs, plates, rubble from a wall) to represent numbers, shelters, or the poor figure of Lonesome George. These disparate elements hint at the possibility of representing an alternative world. But as the title of three of Kim's earlier installations suggests: 'Don't ask me why'.

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