Laura Hyunjhee Kim


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Laura Hyunjhee Kim is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance, photography and drawing. Born and raised in the U.S. Moved to S. Korea at the age of nine and later returned to the U.S. at the age of nineteen. Received B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and M.F.A. from the New Genres department, San Francisco Art Institute, in 2012. Currently resides and works in San Francisco, California.
Blurring lines between performance and new media practices, Kim presents a mirrored personality, absorbing and expressing the dominant pressures of a mediated society through producing and reproducing herself in fabricated digital environments.

“I make videos that often feature many-of-my-selves that blends and bends mass media, art history and autobiography. I am hesitant to say that I collaborate with myself a lot as it accentuates my inner-narcissism to a ‘certain’ extent, but I will have to admit that it is kind of true. A lot of my single-channel videos incorporate self-moderated dancing, repetitive homemade music, flashing moving images mostly outsourced from the Internet and, last but not least, I top it with a splash of subversive deadpan humor. In most cases, I pull a lot of my ideas from everyday sources that are generated/recycled by contemporary culture and the people who participate in producing/consuming it. In other words, if an epic scene from a Hollywood James Franco movie or a 6.5 second Vine video consumes my time and instigates me to share it with others, I am inspired to create a video that generates a conversation or a commentary about it – throwing the question back to myself and to the world, why?”