( ͡°( ͡° ͜ʖ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ʖ ͡°) ͡°) by KIM HANKYUL at ENTRÉE [from 20230525 to 20230806]

[Photos: Bent René Synnevåg]

Entrée is proud to present a solo exhibition by Kim Hankyul opening this Thursday at 6pm, coinciding with the opening day of the annual Bergen International Festival.

The exhibition presents an immersive installation where virtual and physical domains intersect in a landscape of screens, forms and gestures, rich with references, the most explicit being Dancing Baby (1996) (coined the first viral meme), computer icons, and Édouard Manet's Olympia (1863), which positioned lower-class bodies to the fore and as the holders of gaze.

Additionally, the kinetic sculptures constructed in steel build up a real-time soundscape, merging with personal recordings. We are invited to uncover new protocols of subjectivity based on “user identities'' in his spectacle of overlaid dimensions.

Kim Hankyul (b.1990, Busan, South Korea) lives and works in Oslo. With evocative soundscapes and mechanical movements, his works revolve around themes such as violence, alienation, colonialism, religion, media community, surveillance and control. He holds a bachelor in Aesthetics from Seoul National University and a master in Art from The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen. Hankyul was awarded the Kistefos Prize at The Autumn Exhibition in 2021, and the 2022 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB’s grant for his work AV Buddha, exhibited at Oslo Kunstforening before being included in the Astrup Fearnley Collection. Recent solo exhibitions include Bildungsroman at Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art, GUST at Gyldenpris Kunsthall and M. Butterfly at KRAFT Bergen.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Bergen Municipality and Arts and Culture Norway.

[Text: Entrée]

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