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Kimsooja, To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation, partial installation view of the Korean Pavilion, The 55th Biennale di Venezia, photography by Jaeho Chong, courtesy of Arts Council Korea and Kimsooja Studio

KOREAN PAVILION 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Approaching the architecture of the Korean Pavilion as a bottari, the artist has wrapped the division between nature and the interior space with a transluscent film. Treating the windows as the skin of the pavilion, the film diffracts the natural sunlight as it showers the interior space with rainbow spectrums of light.

Posted 5 July 2013

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Korean Pavilion
55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Kimsooja
To Breathe: Bottari


1/6- 24/11

Curated by Seungduk Kim
Organized by ARKO (Arts Council Korea)

The notion of bottari (bundle) as a whole and totality and the concept of sewing have been the central components of Kimsooja’s work for over three decades. Posing various questions about the formal aspects of tableau, sculpture, object and installation; bottari encompasses issues of body, self and others and the relationship of yin and yang to life and death. Bottari explores problems of location and dislocation; migration; exile; and war, while posing existential and cognitive questions in space and time.

Approaching the architecture of the Korean Pavilion as a bottari, the artist has wrapped the division between nature and the interior space with a transluscent film. Treating the windows as the skin of the pavilion, the film diffracts the natural sunlight as it showers the interior space with rainbow spectrums of light.
The intensity of the light in the pavilion will correspond to the daily movement of the sun rising to its setting across the Korean Pavilion—which is located right next to the Laguna di Venezia—transforming the space into a transcendental experience—folding and unfolding the phenomenon of light.

To Breathe: Bottari presents the empty space of the Pavilion, inviting only the bodies of the audience to encounter the infinite reflections of light and sound. The artist’s amplified inhaling, exhaling and humming performance sounds (The Weaving Factory, 2004-2013) fill the air, transforming the pavilion into a breathing bottari.

Simultaneously, the artist extends the experience of light and sound by creating an anechoic chamber. A space in complete darkness that absorbs all audio waves, leaving nothing but the sound of the viewer’s own body, To Breathe: blackout (2013) creates a soundless dark void of infinite reflection of self: a black hole.

The artist invites audiences to be the live and active performers, experiencing a personal sensation and awareness that reveals the extremes of light and darkness ; sound and soundlessness ; the known and the unknown. This installation questions visual knowledge as the known and darkness as the unknown- that originates from human ignorance- through two visual extremes that are connected as part of a whole.

The Korean Pavilion will become a physical and psychological sanctuary, questioning the conditions of civilization in this era.

www.koreanpavilion2013.com

Kimsooja lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul. She is an internationally recognized artist whose work combines performance, installation, video, light and sound.

www.kimsooja.com

Seungduk Kim lives and works in Paris. She is a curator and co-director of Le Consortium contemporary art center, Dijon, France.

www.leconsortium.fr

Catalogue:
A fully illustrated 230 page hard cover catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Published by Les presses du réel with the support of Arts Council Korea (ARKO), Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan; Kewenig Galerie, Berlin; Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz; and edited by Franck Gautherot and Seungduk Kim, the catalogue includes texts by Dan Graham, Yongwoo Lee, Michel Mossessian, Seungduk Kim (commissioner); and includes an interview with Kimsooja.
Also featuring re-published texts by Sang-hwan Bak, Ingrid Commandeur, Ricky D’Ambrose, Doris von Drathen, Bernhard Fibicher, Antonio Geusa, Jonathan Goodman, Steven Henry Madoff, Leigh Markopoulos, Rosa Martinez, Laeticia Mello, Hyungmin Pai, Kimsooja, Sung Won Kim, Robert C. Morgan, Francesca Pasini, Oliva Maria Rubio, Barry Schwabsky, Susan Sollins, the late Harald Szeemann, Hoi-seok Yang.

www.lespressesdureel.com

Kimsooja, To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation, partial installation view of the Korean Pavilion, The 55th Biennale di Venezia, photography by Jaeho Chong, courtesy of Arts Council Korea and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation, partial installation view of the Korean Pavilion, The 55th Biennale di Venezia, photography by Kimsooja, courtesy of Arts Council Korea and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation, partial installation view of the Korean Pavilion, The 55th Biennale di Venezia, photography by Jaeho Chong, courtesy of Arts Council Korea and Kimsooja Studio

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