Christine Sun Kim, Hand Palm (Echo Trap Series). Cortesía de la artista, François Ghebaly Gallery y White Space Beijing. @ Ian Byers-Gamber
The Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco is pleased to present the work of the artist Christine Sun Kim, winner of the 2022 Prix International d’Art Contemporain (PIAC), on the occasion of her debut exhibition in Spain organized in collaboration with La Casa Encendida.
Scheduled to take place from November 11, 2022, to January 8, 2023, and from January 24 to February 26, 2023, the exhibition was curated by Cristiano Raimondi and is entitled A String of Echo Traps. In these show, Berlin-based American artist Christine Sun Kim uses different formats to highlight the core of her artistic practice: musical notation, written language, infographics, sign language, the body and strategically deployed humour to challenge the politics of sound and languages.
The exhibition features three works that clearly exemplify the diverse formats and concepts that Christine Sun Kim usually employs in her work: Notating Transcribing Transcribing, a larg mural that represents the space in which two languages intersect; The Star-Spangled Banner, the video that shows Kim interpreting the US national anthem in American Sign Language at the country’s main sporting event: the Super Bowl; and A String of Echo Traps, the digital animation where Kim explores the notion of the echo as a literal and metaphorical phenomenon.
A String of Echo Traps is the result of the collaboration between La Casa Encendida and the Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco, which every three years, following consultation with international experts from the art world, awards the Prix International d’Art Contemporain (PIAC). This year's winner is Christine Sun Kim, for her work The Star-Spangled Banner (2020), chosen by the Fondation Prince Pierre’s Artistic Council chaired by H.R.H the Princess of Hanover and made up of Marie-Claude Beaud (Vice-president of the Council), Cristiano Raimondi (Art director of the PIAC, curator and designer), Barbara Casavecchia (curator and writer), Manuel Cirauqui (curator and writer), Petrit Halilaj (artist), Claire Hoffmann (art historian and curator), Chus Martínez (curator, art historian and writer), Mouna Mekouar (curator and art critic) and Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist).
Christine Sun Kim
Christine Sun Kim is an American artist based in Berlin. Her work, which focuses on the role of sound within society, deconstructs the politics of sound and examines the role of spoken language as a currency of social exchange. She has exhibited her work and performed at international competitions and institutions such as the Queens Museum in New York (2022), the Drawing Center in New York (2022), the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2021), the Manchester International Festival (2021), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2020), the Whitney Biennial in New York (2019), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York (2019), the Art Institute of Chicago (2018), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017), the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam (2017), the Berlin Biennale (2016), the Shanghai Biennale (2016), MoMA PS1 in New York (2015), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2013), among many others.
Kim has received grants from the Ford and Mellon Foundations (first edition of the Disability Futures Fellowships), as well as from TED (Senior Fellowship) and MIT (Media Lab Fellowship). Her works are featured in such outstanding collections as those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, LACMA, Tate Britain, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is represented by the François Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles) and White Space Beijing (Beijing).
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