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Hyun Kim

MA work

MA work

I approached and conveyed internalized power of state in two perspectives. The first is the individual as the receiver of oppression, while the second is the Individual as the agent of the oppression.

1.  <Untitled>

<Untitled> is the work focused on the individual as the receiver of oppression. Here, Decoupage reveals an individual’s subconscious or the unconscious by removing the person situated within the photograph, thus showing its other side. Moreover, the collage of red papers under what has been ripped off represents three different meanings of power: (1) they clearly reflect the state power, anti-communistic ideology engraved in the unconscious, (2) they show how the state power had totally eradicated the diverse and specific others into one ideological color, and (3) they contain my rooted and still functioning fear, stemming from the banned questions and reflections facing the government.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2017

  • 'Internalised power of state' is the key topics of my work. 'Internalised power of state' refers to the ‘anti-communism ideology’ internally engraved in individuals by the South Korean government, using the particular situation of the nation - North-and-South confrontation during a truce. I aim to delve into how power of state functions within each individual and reveal how internalised power of the state is reproduced and expanded by the society and the individuals through my works.

    To demonstrate this problem, I used archival material, decoupage and collage. I had been collecting and making decoupage and collages of photographs documenting events that had happened in Korea and texts with historical meanings in art.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Seoul National University, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • R.A.G.E, Hockney Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2017; Dimensions of time, Crypt Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2017; Hairwaves, 96 Hour Open call, ArtBar, London, United Kingdom, 2017; Becoming, Dyson Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2017; Artist Statement, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea, 2016; Feminism Media Artivist Biennale 2016, i-Gong, Alternative Visual Culture Factory, Seoul, South Korea, 2016; 75 Seconds Film Awards, Amy Johnson Festival, Hull, United Kingdom, 2016; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom, 2016; Drawing Show, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom, 2015
  • Publications

  • Aesthetica Magazine, April ISSUE, United Kingdom, 2017; Artreveal Magazine, ISSUE 27, United Kingdom, 2017; CreativPaper Magazine, ISSUE Four, United Kingdom, 2017; SightUnseen, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom, 2017; Artist Statement, CICA Museum, South Korea, 2016; Inside Artists, Winter ISSUE 7, United Kingdom, 2016; Average Art Magazine, December Edition, United Kingdom, 2016; Floorr Magazine, ISSUE 5, United Kingdom, 2016