The exhibition celebrates the spirit of Joie de vivre in the face of the pandemic, it centres on rediscovering life, touch, and colour. While not being naively optimistic, the exhibition encourages touching (each other) to reflect and celebrate. Some works are contemplative while being playful; the exhibition curator Stephanie Seungmin Kim wanted to work with artists she admires and who encapsulate the exhibition’s spirit.
The exhibition will present celebrated work from Asia, mixing mediums and senses. In the last room, there will be photographs of the “muses” that inspired the SSketch brand that will also be launched on that day.
About the Curator
Stephanie Seungmin Kim PhD. is a curator, filmmaker and producer based in London and across Asia and Europe. She is the director of Iskai Contemporary Art (iskaiart.com) and Sleepers Summit (sleeperssummit.com), which have hosted major international government-affiliated exhibitions commemorating national and international diplomacy and culture. She has also art directed the film Sleepers in Venice film and the ost album. One of the most extensive exhibition was Jikji, the Golden Seed, the title exhibition of the 1st Jikji Korea International Festival, featuring 40 artists attracted 40,000 people over eight days. Her interests in ecology also spun since early days, including Earth Alert: Photographic Responses to Climate Change (2009), Project Seoul Apparel, as a part of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2017), a special exhibition marking United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD,) COP13 in Inner Mongolia (2017, Ordos)and hosted Bellong Bellong Now festival, Jeju Island (2020), consisting conference, artists residency, exhibitions, publishing, and architectural projects focusing on sustainability. Since 2005, she has directed over 90 international exhibitions, with around 500 artists in 22 cities. Collections include Sleepers in Venice (2015, Venice), Singapore Open Media Festival (2015, Singapore), Unesco Heritage, Legacy & Light (2014, Paris), A Soldier’s Tale (2013, London), Crystallize : New Media Art Lab UK for Presidential State Visit London (2013, Old Billingsgate), Liverpool Biennial City-States Terra Galaxia (2012, Liverpool) Asia Media Landscape (2010, Liverpool), Heritage and (UNESCO, Paris) and more. Stephanie was the founding curator of the Korean Cultural Centre UK in London from 2007 to 2011. In 2004, Stephanie gained her PhD in Curatting Contemporary Art from Royal College of Art, Masters in the History of Art from the University College London and, in 2003, a BA (Hons) in Fine and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s Institute.