Bio / CV

Soni Kum is an interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan as a third generation Korean. She grew up in North Korean Community in Japan and obtained South Korean citizenship in 2006. She works in a variety of mediums including film and video, installation, performance, writing, photography, drawing and dance. Her early artworks attempt to shed light on fragmented pieces of darkened history and realign itself into more complex and personal storytelling.

After working for activist art projects with North Korean migrants in South Korea for several years, she begun to explore the theme of ritual in her performance/ installation works. Her ongoing art project is to transform the relationship between living and dying in contemporary society by attaining ultimate healing within ourselves.

Soni Kum received a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in the United States in 2005 and Doctor in Fine Arts from Tokyo University of Arts in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art spaces and film festivals around the world, which include USA, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Philippines, China, Cuba, UK, and Myanmar. She has taught in several universities in South Korea for 4 years since 2011 and received Excellent Lecturer Award from Yonsei University.

She was based in London, UK as artist in residency, grant awarded by Pola Art Foundation, Japan from Spring 2016 till Winter 2017 and was doing research as a researcher at Kingston University, Department of Art and Architecture Live Art Development Agency.

She is currently based in Vrindavan, India and learning and doing research on Indian classical music for next project.

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Education

2011
Doctor in Fine Arts, Inter Media Art
Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2007
1 year Overseas Program
Seoul National University, School of Arts, Korea

2005
M.F.A. Film & Video
California Institute of the Arts, USA

 

 

Solo Exhibition Record

2014

– “Heaven’s Gate”, Gallery Brocken, Tokyo, Japan

2012

– “Art Pilgrim”, Gallery Mejum, Seoul Art Space-Seongbuk, Seoul, Korea

2006

– “Price is Right”, ESL Projects, Los Angeles, U.S.A

 

Selected Group Exhibition Record

 

2017

-“Focus Female Korea: Never Ending Song” Mein Blau, Berlin, Germany

-“Body Temple”, Owl Barn Residency, Gloustershire, UK curated by Sara Zaltash

2016

– “Krisis Symposium” Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, curated by Something Human, UK

-“Flags,Transnational – Migrants and Outlaw Territories”, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, Curated by Alice Ko

2015

– “Performing Memory: Soni Kum & Yoshiko Shimada”, Platform Gallery Kingston University, Curated by Eliza Tan

 

2014

– “Heaven’s Gate, reconciliation”, Busan Biennale 2014, Asian Curatorial Exhibition, curated by Juno Seo, South Korea

2013

– “ACCENTED BOUNDARIES”, Itinerant sends for itinerant Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark

– “Dear Curator Me”, Selasar Sunaryo Art Center, Bandung, Indonesia

2012

– “Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012”, Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Japan
– “As I was Moving Ahead Occasionally I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty”, Publik screening, Copenhagen, Denmark
– “Muestra Joven 2012 (Young Filmmakers Film Festival”, ICAIC, Havana, Cuba
– “Dear Curator Me”, Madrid, Spain
http://www.dearcuratorcurateme.info
– “A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a Distance” Apexart, curated by Mark Feary, New York, US
– “Art, Performance and Activism in Contemporary Japan”, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, UK

2011

– “Leyte Dream, Sacral Dance/Sacrifice”, Hiroshima International Peace Film Festival, Hiroshima, Japan
– “MINIMOVES”, BKK ArthouseGallery 3rd Bangkok art & culture centre ,Bangkok Thailand
– “Image in the Aftermath”, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

2010

– “Deer Hunter” Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival, Nagano, Japan
– “Moira Roth Festschrift”, Poor Farm, Manawa, Wisconsin, US
– “LIVE ART/ART OF INTERVENTION”, Kyoto Art Center, Japan
– “CINEMA in Exile”, Documentary Dream Show by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan

2009

– “ASIAN ART FILM PROGRAM 1”, NEON HALL, Nagano, Japan
-“10th Open Art Performance Festival”, Open Art 798 Art District, Beijing, China
– “CINEMA in Exile”, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan
– “ASIAN ART FILM PROGRAM 2”, NEON HALL, Nagano, Japan
– “Beyond Pressure International Performance Event”, Yangon, Myanmar
– “Foreign Sky”, Hiroshima International Documentary Film Festival, Hiroshima, Japan

2008

– “Korean Diaspora Film Nights”; Green Papaya, Quezon City, Philippines
– “Building Code Violations II”; Long March Space, Beijing, China
– “Festival Weib’s Bild 2”; Alte Feuerwache, Koln, Germany
– “2Talk Creative Convergence”, Sambalicaan Ground, Quezon City, Philippines
– “Small East Asia Co-prosperity Restaurant 08”, Gallery Mestalla, Tokyo, Japan
– “Pucheon International Performance Festival”, Korea

2007

– “Trauma, Interrupted: Art as Transport Station”, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
– “Imaginary Homelands”, Green Papaya, Quezon City, Philippines
– “A Midsummer’s Nights Dreaming of Films”, Cinekatipunan Magnet, Quezon City, Philippines
– “8th OPEN Art Performance Festival”, Open Art 798 Art District, Beijing, China

2006

– “Foreign Sky”, 16th International Women’s Film Festival, Manila, Philippines
– “Foreign Sky”, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, U.S.A
– “Foreign Sky”, Le Petit XiaoXiao, Shanghai, China
– “Foreign Sky”, Chamber of Public Secrets (Cable TV Project), Copenhagen, Demark
– “The Man Who Does Not Clap His Hands” (Installation), Off the Record (Public Art Project by Eric Van Hove), Tokyo, Japan

2005

– “DEFENCE”: Body and Nobody in Self-Protection, Sweeny Gallery, University of California, Riverside, USA
– “Two Letters from a Forgotten War”, Echopark Film Center, Los Angeles, USA
– “Foreign Sky”, Floianopolis International Film Festival, Floianopolis, Brazil
– “Cinema Capacete V: not video, nor cinema, neither television”, CAPACETE entertainment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2004

– “Mania for Coleslaw”, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA, USA

2003

– “Down to It”, Crazy Space, Santa Monica, CA, USA

 

Artist talk, Lecture, Conference (screening)

2016

– “Soni Kum, Illuminating Ghost: Ritual & offering in Performance Art”,
Artist Talk and Presentation at LADA (Live Art Development Agency), London, UK

2015

– “Soni Kum Artist Talk”, Chugye Art University, Seoul, South Korea

2013

– “Soni Kum film screening and Artist Talk”, East Asian Study Institute, Sung Kong Hoe University, Seoul, Korea

-“Communion; Soni Kum screening and Artist Talk” Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

 

2012
– “Art, Performance, and Activism, In Conversation: Yoshiko Shimada and Soni Kum”
Japan Foundation Visual Arts and Artists Series, London, UK

 

2011

– “Arts Education & Practice based Research Symposium”, Korea National Research Center for Arts, Korea National University of Arts (Symposium)
– “IFTR; International Federation of Theatre Research Symposium”, Osaka University (Work Presentation by Yasuko Ikeuchi, Rerbecca Jenisson), Osaka, Japan
– “Memory and Representation of War”, Ritsumeikan University, Gender Studies, Kyoto, Japan (Artist Talk)
– “Works of Soni Kum” Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan (Lecture)

2010

– “Soni Kum Symposia” Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan (artist talk)

2009

– Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Yamagata, Japan
– Hiroshima Peace Film Festival, Hiroshima, Japan
– Society for Cinema and Media Studies(SCMS), Tokyo Japan (Lecture by Yasuko Ikeuchi)

2008

– Green Papaya, Quezon City, Philippines (artist talk)
– “2Talk Creative Convergence”, Quezon City, Philippines (artist talk)

2007

– Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan (artist talk)
– Ateneo Art Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (artist talk)

2006

– “Film, Gender, Power” (conference), Ritsumeikan Universtiy, Kyoto, Japan
– “Global Visions: Memory-Traces, Libidinal Imaginaries, and Intercessory Images”, as a part of “Global States” in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, U.S.A (screening)
– Nikon Salon Public Lecture by Chong Hwa, Lee, Tokyo, Japan (screening)
– Seikei University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Tokyo Japan (artist talk)
– Copenhagen University, Denmark (screening)
– Shanghai University, China (screening)
– University of Philippines, Diliman (lecture)
– University of Philippines, Mindanao(lecture)

 

Collaboration, Workshop, Projects

2012

“To Become One: Division and Art”
-Public Art Project creating discourse on ongoing Division in Korean Peninsula and Art.

“Sacral Dance Workshop in collaboration with Filipino Artist”
– Healing Dance workshop project with migrant women in Seoul, South Korea.

* Above projects are both funded by Seoul Art Space-Seongbuk (Seoul Cultural Foundation), South Korea

2011

“GANDA HEALING Art House PROJECT”, Grassroots ART CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
– Art project with Asian migrant women residing in South Korea
– Art project with North Korean refugee children residing in South Korea
– Dance project with Pyongyang performance group(North Korean performance group residing in South Korea)

“Division and Art” (seminar), Seoul Art Space-Seongbuk
* Above projects are both funded by Seoul Art Space-Seongbuk (Seoul Cultural Foundation), South Korea

2010

GANDA ASIA HEALING FILM PROJECT
Mindscapes Of Women, Island Grassroots Story Telling With Film
At Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge and Sculpture Garden, Camiguin Island, Philippines

2008

“GAME (Grassroots Advancing Multi-Media Eco-education)for Children”
at Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge and Sculpture Garden, Camiguin Island, Philippines

“URBAN PLAN/DUYAN Project ~ Lotus from Plastic Mud” (Collaborative video installation project with Alma Quinto, Tessa Guazon and UST art students)
in collaboration with Kaibigan Foundation, Manila, Philippines

2006

“Dream Workshop” (Workshop, Collaboration with Alma Quinto)
with CRIBS (Institution for sexually abused girls), Quezon City, Philippines

“Tell me a story, Mr. Cloud…”(Workshop, Collaboration with Enigmata and Department of Education, Camiguin Island )
Children’s Biodiversity Mini Earth Camp, Camiguin Island, Philippines
(Environmental multi-media video art film making workshop for children by the children)

 

Publication

2016

Video Work “Still Hear the Wound” is enclosed in DVD in the book “Still Hear the Wound: Toward an Asia, Politics, Art to Come. Selected Essays Edited By Lee Chonghwa”, translated in English by Rebecca Jennison and Brett de Bary

Published through Cornell University East Asia Series, University of Hawai Press

2013

Essay “Flower of Potato; Regarding Project with North Korean Migrants” in book “Representation of Woman in Asia; Colonialism, War, Woman, Representation”

Seikyusha Publisher, Tokyo, Japan

2011
“Art Pilgrimage”, The Korean Journal of Arts Studies Vol 4., Korea National Research Center for Arts, Korea National University of Arts

2009
“Still Hear the Wound/ Zanshou no Oto”
(Artist Anthology Book, enclosed DVD video works by Soni Kum)
Iwanami Publisher, Tokyo, Japan

 

 

Award/ Grant / Scholarship/ Residency

2016  

Live Art Development Agency, London, UK (11month)

with grant awarded by Pola Foundation, Japan

2014

Gertrude Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (3month)

2011-2012

Seoul Art Space Seongbuk (Seoul Cultural Foundation), Seoul, South Korea (18month)

 

2012

– “Excellent Lecture Award”, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

 

– Pola Foundation (travel grant organized by Fran Lloyd, Rebecca Jennison), Japan

 

2011

– “Excellent Achievement Award”, Japan Student Support Organization Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

 

2010

– Japan Student Support Organization Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

 

2008

– Seikei University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (Travel Grant), Tokyo, Japan

– Korean Arts and Culture Education Service (Research Grant at House of Sharing for – – Comfort Women), Seoul, Korea

 

2007

– Overseas Research Grant by Japanese Educational Ministry (1year exchange program at Seoul University, Korea) , Tokyo, Japan

– Toyota Foundation, Asian Neighbors Network Program as a part of “Asia, Art, Politics” Project (Travel Grant allocated by group), Tokyo, Japan

– Seikei University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (Travel Grant), Tokyo, Japan

 

2006

– Japan Student Support Organization Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

 

2005

– Cal Arts Scholarship, California, USA

 

2004

– Cal Arts Scholarship, California, USA

 

2003

– Cal Arts Scholarship, California, USA

 

2001

– Korea Foundation in Japan Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

2000

– Korea Foundation in Japan Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

 

1999

– Korea Foundation in Japan Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

1998

– Korea Foundation in Japan Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

 

 

 

Academic writing for my artworks by the scholars in English

 

2017

“Reimagining Islands: Notes on Selected Works by Oh Haji, Soni Kum, and Yamashiro Chikako” by Rebecca Jennison, in Asian diasporic visual cultures and the Americas

 

2015

– “Looking at Foreign Sky, desperately seeking post-Asia: Soni Kum, Nagisa Oshima, Ri Chinu by Brett de Bary, Cornell University, Asian Cinema Volume 26, Number 1

 

-“Trauma and Survival in the Art of Yoshiko Shimada and Soni Kum” by Eliza Tan, 2016,Performance Studies international Fluid States 2015 Tohoku, Japan, the Keio University Art Center(KUAC).

 

-“The Politics and Aesthetics of the Wound: Performative Narratives of the People by Zainichi Korean Artists” by Eun-young Jin and Bo-seon Shim, Korea Journal, vol. 55, no. 1 (spring 2015)

 

-“Her Narration and Body: on Soni Kum’s Video Work” by Ikeuchi Yasuko, Translated by Junliang Huang, “Still Hear the Wound: Toward an Asia, Politics, Art to Come.” Selected Essays Edited By Lee Chonghwa, translated in English by Rebecca Jennison and Brett de Bary, Published through Cornell University East Asia Series, US

 

-“‘Postmemory’ in the Work of Oh/Okamura Haji and Soni Kum” by Rebecca Jennison, “Still Hear the Wound: Toward an Asia, Politics, Art to Come.” Selected Essays Edited By Lee Chonghwa, translated in English by Rebecca Jennison and Brett de Bary, Published through Cornell University East Asia Series, US

 

 

Links

-Kundalini Tantra Dance website

http://www.kundalinitantradance.com

 

– Grassroots Cinema Center for Women and Children
http://grassrootscinemacenter4wa.blogspot.com/