Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (MoCA Busan)
Business Center, 1F Onehome Art Hotel (next to HOW Art Museum)
About the lecture
How do community art practices in Busan connect with the development and decline of the city? How does the museum observe and respond to changes in the community between the old and the new without departing from seeking novelty? Can museum construct an independent and conscious platform for cultural exchanges within the community?
Kim Sosul’s curatorial practice focuses on social issues, social involvement and interpersonal relationships, and is hugely influenced by the notion of “Relational Aesthetics” developed by French philosopher, critic and curator Nicholas Bourriaud. The term refers to the art practice of participation, social interaction and encounters – “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space."
This talk will bring up the community project curated by Kim Sosul for local residents in Dadaepo Area, aiming to document the process of developing of the “Rainbow Industrial Complex” and the disappearing of “Hongti Village”. The curators and artist groups blend into the neighborhood, collecting images and sounds with local residents, using their self-made Obscura Camera to map the district. "Archives" interweaved by daily experiences and private memories were retained by this loose and impromptu collective behavior.
As the curator of the Busan Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, Kim will introduce the exhibition projects of the museum since its inauguration in the summer of 2018. In addition, she will, for the first time, introduce to the audience the upcoming exhibition Gentil gentile: La comunita che viene, which will take place this September. This exhibition will feature artist Yang Jung Uk and art collective Mixrice (Cho Ji Eun and Yang Chul Mo), aiming to disseminate the issues of specificity and universality to the local community. Among them, Mixrice focus on the traces and process of ‘immigration’, the route and result, and exploration of memories in multi-layered approach method. For this exhibition, they will conduct a workshop with the local foreign community and the outcome of this workshop will be presented in the exhibition space.
About the Speaker
Kim Sosul is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (MoCA Busan) in Korea. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Changwon National University, Kim worked for the Curatorial Department at Gyeongnam Art Museum. After that, she organized numerous local art programs as a Program Coordinator at the Hongti Art Center, focusing on public art for both the cultural exchange program and the art education program.
Kim also possesses a strong interest concerning the ideologies of two philosophers, Giorgio Agamben and Zygmunt Bauman. Inspired by the concepts of these two philosophers, Kim plans to conduct a research on communities from the sociological point of view. In addition, this research will cover an abundance of topics in the realm of art, including curatorial research, contemporary artists, art projects, exhibitions and events in terms of specific narratives that took place in China.