Kimsooja, To Breathe, 2019. Site specific installation consisting of mirror diffraction grating film and sound performance The Weaving Factory, 2004-2013, at The Chapel Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Courtesy YSP. Photo Mark Ree.


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For me, making space means creating a different space, rather than making a new one. The space is always there in a certain form and fluidity, which can be transformed into a completely different substance (…). My interest in void lies in the relationship between Yin and Yang, as a way of inhaling and exhaling, which is the natural process of breathing, as a law of living.

Kimsooja’s practice reflects traditional forms of female labour and craft, and for over 25 years the artist has been inspired by the forms and idea of ‘bottari’ – the South Korean word for a bundle wrapped in fabric. Traditionally used for moving possessions from place to place, the bottari references the displacement of people. Kimsooja has extended the idea to incorporate larger spaces and even architecture, meaning that whole buildings could also be wrapped to alter, contain and re-shape what was within.

For Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019, Kimsooja transformed Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel with a new installation featuring lights and a mirrored floor.  Responsive to the natural environment, the installation  changed according to the light quality and intensity.

Kimsooja has exhibited in major museums and institutions around the world.

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b. 1957, Korea
Lives and works in New York and Seoul

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, set within the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire.

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