Ru Kim

Work exhibited at School of Waters

Eight QR codes engraved in black on stainless steel, lighting gels
Variable installation

About the artist

Ru Kim (1995, Germany) is an artist leading a research-based studio practice that questions the use of art in resisting normalized and embodied sexist and racist violence generated by patriarchal, imperial and colonial ideologies of domination. Employing various media such as video, photography, sound, performance, installation and text, they seek to develop forms that challenge binaries and fixed identities. Moving through different languages and nourished by hydro-, Black, queer feminist theories, Ru Kim’s work leads a deconstructivist analysis of oppressive, racist and colonial representations.

Ru Kim grew up in transit between Germany, Cyprus, Korea, Canada and Brazil, before moving to France and obtaining a fine art master’s degree with honors (DNSEP, félicitations du jury) at the École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Grenoble, in June 2019. They have exhibited in group shows at the Choi & Lager Gallery (2020) in Seoul, the Gimhae Clayarch Museum (2020), the Victoria Art Center (2017) in Bucharest, and organized performative events at the MAC VAL Museum (2019), and at KADIST Paris (2019). Recent residencies include the Clayarch Gimhae Museum (2020) and Artist Residency TEMI (2021).

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Fig. 1.
Ru Kim,  installation view, Tax Returns/분청사기상감인화문붕명둔접, 2020, Ceramics, shells, hairpin, paper, oil paint, wood, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of Jeisung Oh.

Fig. 2.
Ru Kim, installation view, Peoples of Europe Defend your Holiest Possessions, 2019,
Wood, acrylic paint, paper, silk, transparencies, LED lights, contact microphone, amplifier, speakers, screens, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

Fig. 3.
Ru Kim, Edgar Tom Stockton, Laura Villena, Binta Diaw, Lena Longefay, Fanny Souade Sow, Yanireth Jimenez Torres, film still, Tirer, Résister, Rompre, 2019, 15:55 min, sound, colour. Courtesy of the artists