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Kimsooja selected for Traversées 2019, Poitiers

posted 08 Oct 2019


From October 12, 2019 to January 19, 2020, artist Kimsooja will install her works at 13 sites around the city of Poitiers for the first edition of Traversées - a new international artistic and cultural event. The Traversées project is inextricably linked to the future of a major landmark at the heart of the city’s history and heritage, the Palais des ducs d’Aquitaine. The artist transforms historic sites into sensorial experiences: different variations of 〈To Breathe〉, featuring mirrors and glass windows wrapped in diffraction grating film, transform the space around them, like a skin that shelters our displaced bodies today. As part of the event, Kimsooja has invited other artists such as Tadashi Kawamata, Thomas Ferrand, Subodh Gupta, Jung Marie, Stephen Vitiello and Rirkrit Tiravanija, to observe the city and to contribute their own perspectives. “This exhibition has a strong link to the history of my practice, as an artist in nomad since the ’90s, but it has also rooted from my childhood, often exposed to the borderlines and danger in the north side of Korea living near the DMZ area. It was equally inspiring and wonderful to be able to invite other artists, whose works somehow resonate with my practice, revealing a broader context, truth, and aesthetics of the notion of Traversées”.

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