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Show RCA 2019

Dawoon Kim

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Major project:

Practice (Mirrored)

Practice (Mirrored) is a series of portraits capturing young women dancing, who were contacted through their individual YouTube channels and dance classes in London. Each of them was asked to choreograph a sequence of dance moves to a K-pop song of their choice in a rehearsal studio. I photographed their reflections in the mirror as they practiced their choreography. By focusing on gesture, gaze and the representation of pop idol performance, my project explores how the dancing body is consumed as a spectacle in popular culture and how it triggers a mimetic desire.


  • Dawoon Kim (b.1994) is a South Korean artist based in London. Working at the intersection of photography, moving image and performance, her practice considers discussions around body image, spectacle and identity in the digital age.

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA Media Arts, Seoul Institute of the Arts, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • '', Lewisham Arthouse, London, 2019; 'RAW: Research As Work', Hockney Gallery, London, 2019; 'Voices of Korean Contemporary Artists', Bargehouse in Oxo Tower Wharf, London, 2018; 'Showpiece', Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, 2018; 'Offprint', Tate Modern, London, 2018; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'KimDaemon', Hello Museum, Seoul, 2016
Royal College of Art