Christine Sun Kim

Visual Art, Sculpture, Performance

Christine Sun Kim is an American artist based in Berlin.

Kim's practice considers how sound operates in society, deconstructing the politics of sound and exploring how oral languages operate as social currency. Musical notation, written language, infographics, American Sign Language (ASL), the use of the body, and strategically deployed humour are all recurring elements in her practice. Working across drawing, performance, video and large scale murals, Kim explores her relationship to spoken languages, to her built and social environments, and to the world at large.

In 2023, Kim was in residence at Somerset House Studios as part of the Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme. The residency resulted in a new commission Edges of Sign Language presented in Gallery 31.

Portrait by Iga Drobisz.

Christine Sun Kim, One Long Echo, 2022. Photo: Wei Yang.
Christine Sun Kim, Time Owes Me Rest Again, 2022. Photo: Hai Zhang.
Christine Sun Kim, Permanent Debt, 2022. Photo: JTT New York.
Christine Sun Kim, One Week of Lullabies for Roux, 2018. Photo: Peter Harris Studio.
Christine Sun Kim, A String of Echo Traps, 2022. Photo: La Casa Encendida & Fondation Prince Pierre.

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