Still image from documentary 1983 KBS Finding Dispersed Families
Minouk Lim was born in 1968 in Daejeon, South Korea. As an artist of many forms, Lim has been creating works that are beyond the boundary of different genres and media, deepening the scope of questions while encompassing writing, music, video, installation and performance as her means of artistic expression. Lim has been paying strong attention to the marginalization and the discrepancy generated during the process of rapid democratization and industrialization of South Korea, which also affected the lives of the many in the system of global economy. As such, Lim seeks to find ways to examine objects embedded with performativity, different methods of performance and imaginative modes of creating records. Such an inclusive approach embraces different fields of history, politics, philosophy and literature, drawing reflections on everyday life and challenging the routineness of life.
Among the numerous works created by Lim, New Town Ghost (2005), S.O.S.-Adoptive Dissensus (2009) and Portable Keeper (2009-present) are video pieces created out of performances held in non-institutional, transient sites. In the meantime, The Weight of Hands (2010) and the FireCliff series (2010-present) deliver moving images that are mediated through the lens of an infrared camera. Her recent work Navigation ID was invited to the 10th Gwangju Biennale as an opening performance and an installation in the exhibition.
Currently, Lim has solo exhibition The Promise of If at PLATEAU Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Lim’s major solo exhibitions include Portikus, Frankfurt and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012); Freer | Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2011); PKM Gallery, Seoul (2011); and Artsonje Center, Seoul (2008). Since 2010, starting at Madrid, Lim has been presenting a series of site-specific Performances FireCliff’, S.O.S-Adoptive Dissensus (2009) and Navigation ID (2014) that was presented at the 10th Gwangju Biennale as an opening work. Lim also participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennials including the Paris Triennale 2012, Liverpool Biennial (2010), Morality, Act IV: Remembering Humanity (Witte de With, 2010) and Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea (LACMA, 2009-2010).