Kimsooja at Documenta 14

10.06.2017 - 17.09.2017/General, Gallery
Kimsooja at Documenta 14
Bottari, 2005 - 2017, Site-Specific Installation, Used Clothes from Athens & Kassel, Korean Bedcovers, Collection of EMST, Athens, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
ANTIDORON - the EMST Collection
Fridericianum, Kassel
10 June - 17 September 2017
Curated by Katerina Koskina
Assistant Curators: Stamatis Schizakis, Tina Pandi
Architectural design: Iro Nikolakea

Kimsooja will present one of her most iconic  Bottari installations, which was originally examined and conceptualized in 1992, at Documenta 14, as part of the ANTIDORON- the EMST Collection at the historic main Documenta space Fridericianum in Kassel.
Kimsooja first tied together Bottari (Korean for “bundles”) in 1992 during her time as artist-in-residence at MoMA PS1; since then, she has constantly taken them up anew as an artistic evolution and as a signature, each time in a site-specific manner in response to personal and social conditions around her. Traditionally in Korea, until well into the twentieth century, Bottaris were constructed by gathering a person’s most important possessions inside a wrapping cloth (used bedcovers in Kimsooja’s work) often when one had to leave a native place behind. According to Kimsooja, “Homeland is not a topographically definable place, but a state of consciousness and belonging.” Wherever Kimsooja finds herself to be, her body is simultaneously her studio and her home. For the installation at Fridericianum in Kassel, Kimsooja modified her existing Bottaris with the addition of used clothing from Kassel together with the existing used clothing from Athens. Kimsooja placed the Bottaris in three different locations throughout the exhibition in response to historical and formalistic context, current social/political issues, as well as the physical space of the exhibition.

Please visit Kimsooja's website for more information about the artist's site-specific installations.
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