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JiJi Kim

MA work

Reversed Panopticon

Flooded by media, we passively participate in a voyeuristic activity, yet easily overlook the fact that seeing always involves the possibility of being seen. Surrounded by sounds mimicking an intimate domestic space, Reversed Panopticon prompts the audience to doubt the world beyond the frame and re-sensitise to the act of looking.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2016

  • Using found images to create paper models which are then rephotographed or filmed, my practice relies on the experience of the uncanny to challenge ideas surrounding voyeurism. Images are gathered from the Internet, using the archive as a metaphor for the collective unconscious, distorting the distinction between what is real and what is fiction/simulated. The resulting compositions reveal how the unconscious structures ways of seeing and influences the pleasure in looking, giving a similar experience to that of a dream, a mimetic reproduction of the peripheral reality with slight alterations. 

  • Degrees

  • BFA Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Blue Box, Dyson Gallery, London, 2016; Blue Box, Off Print at Tate Modern, London, 2016; Sensing Grounds, The Horse Hospital, London, 2015; RCA Flux In Dubai, A4 Space, Dubai, 2015; Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015
  • Publications

  • Oophagy, group publication, self published, 2016; Black Cylinder, self published, 2015; Prism Photography Magazine #20, May 2015