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Photography (MA)

Terri Kim

Terri (Tae Ri) Kim is an artist based in London and Seoul.

Her practice focuses on taking a long, hard look at everyday events and turning that personal experience into text, photography, sculpture and moving image.

She is interested in finding new tensions between the grotesque and the fetishized, and has a working interest in naming the abject that emerge from low cultures.

The big keywords for her practice are love, failure and hysteria.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPhotography (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

The mouse, Love and Failure, Queer, Pain, Black and White, Moving image, Video

I began to explore the concept of 'intrusion' as a common thread between the tumor growing in my right breast and the mice problem I had with my flat.

My work is often accompanied by text, and my initial practice on this began by giving the tumor the name 'Peter', a reference to Peter Pan (as a way of telling it not to grow any more), making a model of the tumor myself, and writing a text about it.

Then I had the experience of mice coming out of the flat, and again I wrote a text about it. I wanted to weave all these experiences together under the theme of 'intrusion' and make a video work about my existence as a stranger in a foreign country, the mice that entered my home wouldn't go away and the tumor that grew on my right breast and gave me stabbing pain every moment.

This work is about invisible pain that no one understands, about conditions that are often dismissed as phantom pain or hysteria unless diagnosed, about beings that live under our bodies and skin, who love but would kill each other.

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<INTRUDER> excerpt video / color, sound, HD, 01:54 min