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Mona Young-eun KIM, lives and works at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

I have always been inspired by existentialism and sci-fi books. I immerse myself in the story and experience their lives. Authors don’t make everything obvious, so I like finding the many symbols and metaphors. I use literary devices in my work like satire, allegory, and double entendre to create layers of meaning.

 

I’ve researched medium or middle and what is considered normal throughout different cultures. This led me to become interested in the fundamental things we have around us, such as water, climate, the sun, sky, and even fields of grass. These things appear to be universal but are actually very different depending on our environment. This drove me to work with plastic as a research subject but also material. This is because plastic is the most common material in our lives and it allows many people to have an average quality of life.

 

Several works also question the notion of inside/outside and use windows as imaginary portals. Windows can be a symbol of boredom, and to help us imagine other places and times. I try to dissolve this boundary between real and imaginary spaces, and I’m naturally fascinated with mixed reality technology that blurs these borders between the real and virtual. When I make virtual reality videos, I mix real 360 footage and 3D animation in one scene. Recently I’ve been working on inserting augmented reality into public space by creating a mobile application. 

 

I also work with language and signs and explore how they might evolve in the future. I transform the shape of letters and characters so that they are not easily recognizable. My work often contains different languages making it accessible to a larger audience but also leads to different interpretations each time. This ambiguity creates a poetic and humorous space that gives freedom to the spectator. 

 

I would like my work to invite the viewer to make their own experience, seeing, discovering, evoking. I work with everyday objects - water bottles, street signs, fences, id cards… and public space. When things and spaces that we see regularly every day, appear unexpectedly, our perception is disrupted from our routines and apathy. Interested in artistic interventions in public space, I have done a permanent installation for the ceiling and windows of the regenerated Les Halles Laissac in Montpellier. I have also produced a site-specific 360° video as part of the artistic and cultural program of the Grand Paris Express with Le 104 Paris in front of Maison Blanche metro station.

SOLO EXHIBITION

2021

(upcoming) exposition, Galerie AL/MA, Montpellier, France

2021

(postponed) Installation du projet Numériscope - Gare de la Maison-Blanche, Paris, France

 

2019

« Too much and not enough » VR box, Casino - Forum d'art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg - September/December

GROUP EXHIBITION

2022

(upcoming) Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

2021

« Exophony », curator Daniel Schine Lee, Espace Euljiro OF, Seoul, South Korea

2019

« Touch-and-go » Galeri BU, Istanbul, Turkey - September

« Grasping Water » S.a.L.E Docks, Venice, Italy - May

2018

« 30° Winter » 2 works exhibited, Espace Publique et former Silk shop Fort Kochi, India - December

« Kimcheese » 5 works exhibited, Empty high street unit, Montpellier, France - October

« Kermesse » Temporary site-specific installation with Pauline BERMAN, La Panacée, Montpellier, France - August

« Chambre avec vues » Temporary site-specific installation, La Panacée, Montpellier, France - May

« Journée Snark » Video projection, La Panacée, Montpellier, France - February

« Star gate » Installation of snow + Video call performance, Toulouse-Montpellier-Aix-en-Provence, France - January

 

2017

« Rendez-vous » With Collectif ON, 6 works exhibited, Espace Saint-Ravy, Montpellier, France - December 2017/January 2018

« Elsewhere/Ailleurs » Installation, Gallery PCA, Plymouth, Angleterre - April

« Nuit américaine ? » Neon sign installation, Gallery ESBAMA, Montpellier, France - February

« Intérims » Video installation in WYSINWYG #4, La Panacée, Montpellier, France - January/April

 

2016

« MP second race » Temporary site-specific installation, Galerie ESBAMA, Montpellier, France - November

« Buzz 07 » Video installation, Galerie Aperto, Montpellier, France - February

« Speakeasy » Presentation performance, Chantiers Boite Noire, Montpellier, France - January

 

2015

« Parti pris » Installation sculpture, Château de Lavérune, France - April

 

2014

« Pieds nus sur le marbre » Installation, studio apartment, Montpellier, France - December

 

2012

« film festival Dongguk » Film projection Escape (25’), Magabox Cinema, Seoul, South Korea - February

RESIDENCY

2020 - 2021

Artist-in-residence programs, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France - since November 2020

 

2019

Saison 6 Dispositif post-diplôme de résidences Internationales, created by Mo.Co., - Biennale d’Istanbul (Turquie), Biennale de Venise (Italie), Biennale de Kochi-Muziris (Inde) - November 2018/november 2019

 

2019

Artist-in-residence programs, Le Centquatre, Paris, France - March

Prix

2019

Chosen artist for Numériscope project by the Société du Grand Paris et le Centquatre Paris - January

1% Public Art project

2018

« Melon », Les Halles Laissac Market, Montpellier, France - Permanante installation 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019

Artist assistant for Simon FUJIWARA, Istanbul Biennale, Turkey - August/September

Artist assistant for Marco GODINHO, Venice Art Biennale, Venezia, Italy - May

2018

Artist assistant for Kausik MUKHOPADHYAY, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India - December

Workshop, « Monstre sur les murs », La Panacée, Montpellier, France - October

Korean language teacher, Korean school, Montpellier - December/April

2017

Assistant teacher of Collagraphy, School The Red House, Plymouth, UK - March

2015

Internship for hanging and Mediation with gallery AL-MA, Château de Castries, France - November/December

2013

Philosophy and Korean language teacher for Suneung, MegaStudy, Seoul - 2010/2013

2011

Assistant director for film The Abortion by Hyunsuk SIM, Seoul, South Korea - January/May

ARTISTE TALK 

 

2019

Conférencière « Talk Saison 6 », La Panacée, Montpellier

2018

Conférencière, Lycée général et technologique Jean Monnet, Montpellier

EDUCATION

2019

Saison 6 , Dispositif post-diplôme de résidences internationales created by MO.CO. - ESBA MO.CO., Montpellier, France

 

2018

DNSEP - Master’s degree in Art - with first-class honours - École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier, France

2017

ERASMUS for one semester - Plymouth College of Art, Royaume Uni - February-June 

2016

DNA - Bachelor’s degree in Art - with first-class honours - École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier, France

2012

Bachelor’s degree in Cinema et Audio-visual - Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea

Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy - Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea