Christine Sun Kim

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1980, Orange County, CA/USA
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About Christine Sun Kim

The American artist Christine Sun Kim (*b. 1980 in Orange County, CA/USA lives and works in Berlin) uses drawing, painting, performance and video to investigate how language and sound structure society(s) and mark inclusion and exclusion. By combining American Sign Language, physical expression, written language, and musical notations, Christine Sun Kim simultaneously opens up perspectives on new, multi-sensory forms of communication that are not based on the principle of auditory dominance.

Through repetition and variation, Kim thereby confronts systemic ableism - the discrimination of people whose physical and mental abilities are categorized as deviating from the norm –, which is deeply anchored in Western thought and social infrastructures.

Kim creates serial charcoal drawings that translate affects such as anger and exhaustion based on everyday experiences of exclusion and inaccessibility in public institutions into quantifiable, diagram-like charts. In recent years, Kim has developed site-specific murals within cultural institutions and large-scale prints for billboards that permeate public spaces. With these highly pointed notations, that span conceptual art, institutional critique, and art activism in equal measure, Kim demands awareness for Deaf communities’ relationships to sound and language, Deaf life and culture, and the necessary transformation of social structures for equal participation.

Christine Sun Kim's work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (2021); the Manchester International Festival, Manchester (2021); the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2020); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2019); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2019); at the Art Institute of Chicago (2018); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (2017); Berlin Biennale (2016); Shanghai Biennale (2016); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), among numerous others. She is represented by François Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles and White Space Beijing in Beijing.

Related exhibition:

Christine Sun Kim. Every Life Signs

Exhibition, 19.5.22 — 21.8.22