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October 11, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director

KIMSOOJA Unfolding was the first retrospective exhibition to assess the thirty-year career of the Korea-born,
New York–based artist, and offered an unprecedented opportunity to trace the development of the artist’s practice
from her earliest works to her more recent production. North American audiences were introduced to Kimsooja’s
work in the early 1990s when she began constructing bottari —objects wrapped in colourful Korean fabrics—
during a residency at MoMA PS1 in New York. Her adaptation of this Korean tradition of using fabric to bundle
and transport domestic items not only garnered the international art community’s attention, but also became
a formal and symbolic device that she continued to use throughout her career.
While the scale and media of Kimsooja’s art has varied widely, what remains constant is an engagement with
questions of identity in the face of change and social flux. KIMSOOJA Unfolding highlighted works that address
notions of time, memory and displacement, and the relationship between the human body and the material
world. This broad survey included early textile-based pieces from the 1980s, Deductive Objects , large site-specific
installations such as Bottari Truck , as well as single- and multi-channel videos.

ARTIST: Kimsooja
Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group

ABOVE: Installation view of KIMSOOJA Unfolding , showing Bottari Truck , 2013 and Cities on the Move—2727 km Bottari Truck , 1997

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