The Tanks will showcase a new installation by Sung Hwan Kim, one of the key artists of his generation working in an interdisciplinary way with video and performance art. In his work, the artist takes on the role of director, editor, performer, composer, narrator and poet, collecting and collaging encounters, sounds, sculptures and images from his changing homes of Seoul, Amsterdam and New York. Drawing on a rich history of performance and film, inspired and taught by artists such as Joan Jonas, alongside cultural influences from Korea, his work is a unique form of story-telling.
Sung Hwan Kim was born, in 1975 in Seoul, South Korea, and lives and works in New York. He initially studied architecture at Seoul National University, followed by a BA Mathematics and Art, Williams College, Williamstown (2000), followed by a Master of Science in Visual Studies at MIT and a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2004–5). Recent solo exhibitions include Line Wall, Kunsthalle Basel (2011), From the Commanding Heights…, Queens Museum, New York (2011), Golden Times, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, (2010) and Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2009).