kimsooja's korean pavilion at the 2013 venice art biennale is a living, breathing 'bottari'--a physical and psychological sanctuary for personal reflection. I decided to continue this performance literally to meet everyone in the world, choosing to perform in eight metropolises in different continents around the world. Performative Installation at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. The palace was left empty except for the film on the glass roof to create rainbows, and mirrors on the floor to reflect the glass structure, and was filled with the sound of your breathing. Similar and distinctive elements of visual phenomena are woven and merged together as equal visual and cultural vocabularies. Being invited to represent my own country’s national pavilion is the most exceptional recognition I can achieve as an artist who has considered herself in self-exile for a long time. What drew you to this type of work? How does living in three countries influence you as an artist? They also illustrate the similarities and differences in this gender oriented activity in different performative weaving, spinning and sewing cultures. I decided to leave the whole space empty without installing any objects in it, so that the installation expands the void to its maximum by taking the architecture of the Korean Pavilion itself as a Bottari [bundle]. In each city I stood still as a symbolic needle to reveal the human conditions in existential, geo-cultural and socio-political dimensions, as an axis of both space and time. At the same time, this special moment gave me an insight into the Korean pavilion project by encouraging me to construct an anechoic chamber to explore a state of complete darkness and soundlessness. The installation, Lotus: Zone of Zero (2008) transforms the space into a place of meditation for the audience with Gregorian, Islamic and Tibetan chants coming together at the centre. The curator Seung-duk Kim understood and discussed with me the possibility of creating an architectural project in an immaterial way, knowing that I have developed similar projects in the past. What was it like working with the curator Kim Seung-duk and Biennale director Massimiliano Gioni? 2019. Is there a medium that you believe best expresses your ideas or you would like to explore further? Related Topics: Korean artists, Biennales, performance art, video, Subscribe to Art Radar for more on contemporary Korean artist, Pingback: Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I’ve been meaning to read/write about] – Kate Korroch, Pingback: Kim Sooja | Interviews by Brainard Carey from Yale radio WYBC, Pingback: Kate Korroch » Blog Archive » Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I've been meaning to read/write about]. Jan 22, 2017 - Kimsooja’s Venice Biennale installation, ‘To Breathe: Bottari’ allows nature to permeate the walls of an interior space transforming it into a physical and psychological sanctuary. It was significant that Hurricane Sandy happened in New York right at the moment when the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion and I were discussing this project. Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio, Installation at The 3rd Asia - Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia, Installation at Kim Sooja + Jeannett Christensen, Inaugural Exhibition at Kunsthalle Feldbach, Feldbach, Austria, 2.5 ton truck stacked with Bottaris,20m x 6.5m mirror structure, Photo by Luca Campigotto, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio, Performative Installation at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Cities on the Move - 11633 miles Bottari Truck, 2 ton truck from Korea, bottaris, bungee cords, Installation view Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil, Installation at Oakville Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Courtesy of Oakville Gallery and Kimsooja Studio, Deductive Object - Dedicated to My Marriage, Installation at the 5th Istanbul Biennale, Installation at Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Installation at Manifesta 1 at Museum Boymans Van-Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Installation at Roles of the Couple at Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Deductive Object - dedicated to my neighbors, Installation at The Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea, Sewing Into Walking - dedicated to the victims of Kwangju, Installation at Tiger's Tail National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwacheon, Korea, Installation at Information and Reality at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, Installation at Women - The Difference Hankook Gallery, Seoul, Korea, Sewing into Walking - Multi Channel Video Installation, 3 channel video, multiple monitors, fabric installation, Installation at Ise Art Foundation, New York, Installation at Trade Routes at The New Museum, New York, installation details, dimensions variable, Photos by Andrew KearneyCourtesy of PS1 and Kimsooja Studio, Installation at Triangle Workshop at Pine Plains, New York, Installation at Kim Soo-Ja, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea. Photo by Luca Campigotto, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio. How did the idea for this work come about? The idea was to create one performance in the urban environment with people and another one, alone in nature to juxtapose both environments next to each other. There should be more serious and professional attention to it, as well as to the older generation and mid career artists. Scegli tra immagini premium su Kimsooja della migliore qualità. This encouraged me to pursue the site-specificity, transforming problems into solutions. Scopri le migliori foto stock e immagini editoriali di attualità di Kimsooja su Getty Images. [The scene] has been surprisingly cultivating, supported by a society that embraces many young talented artists who are being introduced to the world. Traversées / Kimsooja. Representing her native South Korea, Kimsooja created To Breathe: Bottari, ‘bottari’ being a Korean word for a cloth in which small objects can be bundled up and carried. Installation at Kimsooja: Sowing into Painting at Wanas Konst, Wanas, Sweden, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Tour Maubergeon, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Palais des ducs d'Aquitaine, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Cloître des Augustins, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at rue de la cathédrale, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Saint-Pierre Cathedral square, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Eglise Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers, France, Installation at Traversées\Kimsooja at the Chapelle Saint Louis, Poitiers, France, Installation at Zone of Nowhere at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia, Site-specific installation for Perth Festival, Perth, Australia, Installation at Kimsooja – Gazing into Sphere at Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem, Belgium, Site-specific installation at Kimsooja – Gazing into Sphere at Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem, Belgium, Installation at Kimsooja, Weaving the World at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Installation at Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan, Performative Site Specific Installation at Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Itally, Installation at Documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel, Site Specific Installation at Art Basel | Hong Kong, Installation at Kimsooja: Geometry of Breath, Kewenig Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Installation at Kimsooja: To Breathe - Zone of Zero, CAC Málaga, Spain, Installation at Urgent Conversations: Athens - Antwerp, EMST, Athens, Installation at Kimsooja, Weaving the World, CC Strombeek, Belgium, Installation at Gangoji Temple, Commissioned by Culture City of East Asia, 2016, Nara Japan, Installation at MMCA Hyundai Motors Series 2016: KIMSOOJA - 마음의 기하학 / Archive of Mind, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Installation at 20 Bienal De Arte Paiz, Guatemala, Installation at Kimsooja: To Breathe, Centre Pompidou - Metz, France, Installation at Kimsooja: Thread Routes, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, Installation at Kimsooja, To Breathe: Obengsaek,Gallery Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, 2014 - 2015, Installation at Kewenig Galerie, Palma, Majorca, Site specific installation in private collection, New York, 2014, Installation at Busan Biennial, Busan Museum of Art, 2014, A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, Installation at Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, Cornell University, New York, Solo Exhibition at The Korean Pavilion, Venice, Site specific installation at Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Arizona, USA, Installation at The Lift, the Bloomberg Building, New York, Instillation for the Contemporary Art Trail 2012 Aix-en-Provence, France, Installation at Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland, To Breathe - Invisible Needle / Invisible Mirror& A Needle Woman 2005, Permanent installation atThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Courtesy of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Photo by Kimsooja, Courtesy Kimsooja Studio and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.Photo by Simon Vogel, Berlin/ Cologne, Installation at Daegu Art Museum, South KoreaSite specific installation curated by Daegu Art Museum, Courtesy of Daegu Art Museum, Photo by Park Myungrae, Site specific 8 Bottari installation at Palazzo Fortuni, Venice, Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Foundation and Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan.Photo by Jean-Pierre Gabriel, Four channel video projection, sound, 10:25 min loopSite specific installation at Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Courtesy of the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Photo by James Prinz, Installation at Plateau, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Courtesy of Plateau, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Installation at Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany, Courtesy Kimsooja Studio and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.Photo by Uwe Engels, diffraction grating film on window, 5 windows133.8 x 83 cm each, sound, single channel mixed media sound installation (one jukebox, Three Chants mixed with Tibetan, Gregorian, and Islamic), 9:50 loop, Installation view at Nuclear Power Plant Art Project - Yeonggwang, Korea, Installation at Poznan Biennial in Hitler's former office at Zamek, Poznan, Video projection at Johanniterkirche Feldkirch, presented by Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Commissioned by Nuit Blanche Paris 2009Photos by Thierry Depagne, Installation at Continua Gallery, Le Moulin, Installation at La Calmeleterie, Nazelles Negron, France, Installation at Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels, Installation at Continua Gallery, Beijing, Installation at Lofoten International Art Festival, Video installation at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, Installation image Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, Respirar - Una Mujer Espejo / To Breathe - A Mirror Woman, Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid, Photo by José Luis Municio and Jaeho Chong, 3 wheel, 1 ton truck from Germany, bottaris, bungee cords, Installation view Kewenig Gallery, Cologne, Installation at Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Installation at Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Installation at Centre D'art Contemporain, Basse-Normandie, France, 307 lotus lanterns, 6 speakers, sound from Tibetan, Gregorian, and Islamic Chant, Photo courtesy Le Consortium, Dijion and Kimsooja Studio.