Minouk Lim

Born 1968 in Daejeon (South Korea),
lives and works in Seoul (South Korea)

Minouk Lim is inspired by the recent transformation of her home country, South Korea. In 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster, she conceived a project entitled Liquide Commune, in which she organised the confluence of her personal grief (tears), the environmental crisis (oceans) and major historical events (just one of the fluids that irrigate collective memory). For the Biennale, she has devised a hot water spring that winds one of the Fagor factory’s halls. This artificial canal — phosphorescent and set inside a light beam — is also the cradle of absent bodies, signified by the presence of a traditional Korean costume stranded at the water’s edge and of an outsized reflective pinball drifting this way and that on the current. This haunted landscape revives her home country’s collective memory as much as the still-vivid memory of the former Fagor factory, which only a few years ago was being used to manufacture washing machines.

With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Korea (MCST), Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), and the grant program Fund for Korean Art Abroad (FKAA)
With the assistance of Centre Culturel Coréen,Tina Kim Gallery and Vicat

Minouk Lim, Si tu me vois, je ne te vois pas, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale and] Tina Kim Gallery, New York. © Blaise Adilon