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Show RCA 2019

Kenji Lim

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Major project:


  • Land holds stories like a sponge holds water. Or vinegar for that matter. Stories, narratives and myths permeate the landscape and bubble up in certain places where the membrane between truth and fiction is the thinnest. These are places with a Sense of Place, where identities are bared and where we are tied to the soil. Or are they? Is Place a construction of the mind longing for belonging? Do we convince ourselves of the importance of a location and the stories tied to it out of a desire to mythologise ourselves and our attachment to the stories of those long gone?

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA (Hons) Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 2002
  • Experiences

  • Mustarinda residency, Finland, 2016; Merz Barn residency, Chapel Stile, Cumbria, 2018; Dirty Hands and Revelations residency, Standpoint Gallery, London, 2019
  • Exhibitions

  • Becks Futures Student Prize 2002, ICA, London; Royal West of England Academy 164 Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol, 2016; Wells Art Contemporary 2016, The Bishops Palace, Wells, 2016; Hanes: tales, stories, legends & myths, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 2017; #34 Annual Open Exhibition, CGP, London, 2018; 'Art Language Location', Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, 2015; 'TimeFrame', 94 Walcot Street, Bath, 2016; 'Art + Text', 44AD, Bath, 2017; 'The Words Come From the Land', Porth Melgan, St. Davids, 2017; 'Beasts of the Mabinogion', Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell, 2017; 'Embodied Cartographies', Walcot Chapel, Bath, 2017; 'The Forest at the End of the World', Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire, 2017; Work-in-progress Show, RCA Sculpture, London, 2017; 'Supercult I & II', Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; 'Merzibition', Courtyard Gallery, London, 2019; 'Dirty Hands and Revelations', Standpoint Gallery, London, 2019
  • Awards

  • Placed 3rd, Beck's Futures Student Prize, 2002; Art Language Location Award, 2015
Royal College of Art