Kimsooja is a South Korean artist known for her multidisciplinary practice, which includes installation, performance, video, and sound. She was born in Taegu, South Korea, and later studied painting in Seoul and Paris before settling in New York in the 1990s.
Kimsooja's work often explores themes of identity, displacement, and cultural difference, drawing on her experiences as a Korean woman living and working in a globalized world. Her installations often incorporate everyday objects and materials, such as textiles, clothing, and furniture, and invite viewers to engage with them in a sensory way.
One of Kimsooja's most well-known works is "A Needle Woman," a video performance piece in which the artist stands still in the middle of busy urban environments wearing a traditional Korean robe. The work has been interpreted as a meditation on the invisibility of women in contemporary society, as well as a commentary on the relationship between individual identity and collective experience.
Kimsooja has exhibited her work in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Venice Biennale. In 2013, she represented South Korea at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition titled "To Breathe: Bottari." Today, she lives and works between New York, Paris, and Seoul.