Sijong Kim

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Invasion is a work that exposes conflicts between the external environment and the internal self. Sijong Kim, a South Korean currently living in Great Britain, documents his floating identity across intercontinental and national boundaries. He states that he does not have such a place that could be called a "hometown", due to constantly moving around. He inserts his face into historical photographs and represents himself in British and Western history. Each manipulated photograph expresses hope and an embracement of distorted self-identity, away from its ascribed condition.


  • Sijong Kim’s works derive from his interest in ways of seeing the world. He continues to question the ways of seeing and investigate how our world can have different meanings depending on which media it is expressed in.

    Born in South Korea, Sijong Kim studied mass conmmunication for his BA. Later he worked as campaign planner and art designer in advertising companies that made him to have doubts about the way people see the world. Through his works, Sijong tries to reveal the subjectiveness of people and his own sights and minds. As an admirer of Paul Cézanne, René Magritte, and William Kentridge, he continues new attempts to depict the world in different perspectives by combining various media.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Mass Communication, Yonsei University, Seoul, 2010
  • Experiences

  • Campaign Planner & Art Designer, The Slate, Seoul, 2014-2014; Account Executive & Art Designer, COMON21, Seoul, 2010-2014
  • Exhibitions

  • East Wing Biennial 13: SURGE, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2018; Tell Me I'm Here, Asylum, London, 2018; Too Much Information, Seventeen Gallery, London, 2018; An Idea for a Scene in a UK Gangster Film, Take Courage Gallery, London, 2018; Never·the·less, Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; Ex-temporary, Safehouse 1, London, 2018; Hello, Stranger, The Square Gallery London, London, 2017; Under the See, Crypt Gallery, London, 2017; Borders_Borders, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 2017; Work-In-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Photography: A Subjective Representation of Reality, Soonjin Kimbab, Seoul, 2016
  • Awards

  • East Wing Biennial 13: SURGE, selected artist exhibiting, 2018
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