Sojin Kim is an independent curator based in Vancouver, Canada. Kim obtained her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013. Kim’s curatorial practice focuses on transnational identity and the formation of identity in relation to public spaces. Aside from curating, Kim works as an arts educator who educates children and youth about contemporary art. Kim's long term goal is to provide free, accessible education for the public.
Mezzanine GalleryEmily Carr University 1399 Johnston St, Vancouver
Curated byAreum Kim & Sojin Kim
In this exhibition Lasso, we approach longing and desire by fixing this notion onto the moon. The moon has been mysticized and desired as this unattainable, dreamlike entity throughout many cultures, and placed in binary relations with the day/night, rational/irrational, negative/positive. Taking the moon as a cue, we offer three points of entry: a video installation by Yujin Song and two “curatorial” installations, which respond to the artwork, at the same time invite the audience to interact and converse with the work, and with each other. Against the grey wall will lie a small video installation on the ground while a typewriter will sit on a table in the corner of the space; a pile of papers accompany the typewriter along with an instruction prompting, “how to lasso the moon.” A display of three to five ceramic bowls sourced from Chinatown is placed on top of the coffee table by the window side.
Yujin Song’s video/performance moonrisefall is a bodily enactment of the rise and fall of the moon, using a ceramic vessel that is shaped after the moon and her body. In her quest to re-stage the moon rise and fall, Song constantly struggles, slips, and fails. She is conflicted by this carnal limit versus the sublime phenomena, while at the same time embracing it. This video invites the viewers to watch Song’s internal struggle towards an irrational longing.
The ceramic bowls are specifically sourced from Chinatown to replicate Song’s moon-like vessel and to translate the nostalgic disparity into tangible, interactive materiality. These objects are intentionally displayed on a low-height table to invite viewers to observe the moon’s bodily interior, as well as connect to the daily ritual of the meal table. A typewriter will be placed on a table along with a stack of papers. The typewriter invites the audience to explore their own subjective space to express their own idea of longing and desire, as a loose response to Song’s work. The short writings produced will be stacked near the typewriter.
This exhibition will benefit from the library space where the audience has the capacity to sit down and take their time to contemplate the work and participate in the interactive components. This is also a curatorial experiment that seeks to create an intimate, meaningful dialogue between the artwork and viewer by creating artwork- responsive.