BIOGRAPHY

Kyungah Ham

Born in 1966, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea


Education

1995     MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, US
1992     MFA Candidate, Pratt Institute, New York, US
1989     BFA, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019    
Abstract, Poetry Weapon / Soccer Paintings by soccer ball bouncing over Crocodile River, Carlier Gebauer, Madrid, Spain

2018    
Ham Kyungah, Pace Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2017    
Kyungah Ham, Carlier Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2015    
Phantom Footsteps, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009    
Desire and Anesthesia, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea

2008    
Such Game, SSamzie Space, Seoul, Korea

1999    
Room with a View, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
Paused-little Paused Room, Container Gallery of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020    
Examination of a case, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany 
Ståhl Collection, Norrköping, Sweden
Asia Society Triennial – We Do Not Dream Alone, Asia Society Museum, New York, US
Negotiating Borders, Centre Culturel Coréen/ Fondation FIMINCO, Paris, France
Basel By Berlin, Carlier Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Collecting for All, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas, Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), Hong Kong, China

2019   
Korean Video Art from 1970s to 1990s: Time Image Apparatus, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The Square: Art and Society in Korea 1900-2019, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The Real DMZ Project: Negotiating Borders, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK
DMZ, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea

2018    
Edge of the Wonderland, Thailand Biennale, Krabi, Thailand
Paradoxa, Art from Middle Asia, Casa Cavazzini, Udine, Italy
Mobile Worlds, MKG Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
52 Artists 52 Actions, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
The Real DMZ, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2017    
Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kyoto Art Center & Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan
The Timeshare Project: Kunsthal Aarhus 100 Years, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Rediscovery of Colors, Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea
Material Connections, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, US

2016   
Korea Artist Prize 2016, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea  
Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future, the 10th Taipei Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan
Suzhou Documents, Suzhou Art Museum and Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China
Encounters, Hong Kong Art Basel, Hong Kong
As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea  

2015    
Asia Time, the 1st Asian Biennale and the 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Séoul vite, vite!, Lille 3000, Lille, France
East Asia Feminism: FANTasia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Uploarious, Heated, Inundated, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2014    
King Sejong the Great Opens the Age of Hangeul Culture, National Hangeul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2013
Transfer Korea-NRW, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf & Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Opening Collection Exhibition, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2013 Peace Art Project, Baengnyeong-do, Korea

2012    
Garden of Learning, Busan Biennial 2012, Busan, Korea
The Unseen, the 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The Unexpected Guest, the 7th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Video Screening in conjunction with Scramble for the Past, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Project 2012: Communion in conjunction with Nuclear Security Summit Seoul 2012, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Artist on the Road, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Move on Asia, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
In the Loop, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
Aesthetics of Table Setting, Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011    
Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Open House, the 3rd Singapore Biennial, Singapore
The 7th Tournai International Triennial, Tournai, Belgium
Move on Asia, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain

2010    
Hyper Real, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Tourist's Dream (Video Screening), Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London, UK
The Multicultural in Our Time, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2009    
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic
Made in Korea: Leisure, a Disguised Labor?, Kaufhaus Sinn Leffers, Hanover, Germany
Bad Boys, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Another Masterpieces, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea    

2008    
Correspondence, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Fiction and Non Fiction, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
New Acquisitions: Collection Reconstructed, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Melbourne Art Fair 2008 Project Rooms, Melbourne, Australia
B-Side, do ART Seoul, Seoul, Korea

2007    
Zain-Marie’s Story, Space C Koreana Museum, Seoul, Korea
Speak Unspeakable: Artist International Forum, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
Story Factory, Packed-Unpacked Series, SSamzie Art Warehouse, Paju, Korea
Naked Life, Taipei MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan
Move on Asia, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea

2006    
Fever Variations, the 6th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
Pictures Become Postage, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), Seoul, Korea
EMAP, Nam June Paik and Video Artists, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Project 001, Yeonheedong195, Seoul, Korea

2005    
Enclosed: International Media Screening Show, British Museum, London, UK
Seoul: Until Now!, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
DMZ_2005, Paju, Korea

2004    
Absent Voice, Korean Cultural Center, New York, US
Report from Uncanny City, AIT Residency Open Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Daily Life of Artists, +Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Packed/Unpacked, the 1st SSamzie Collection Exhibition, SSamzie Art Warehouse, Paju, Korea

2003    
Cross2003: Korea/Hawaii, University of Hawaii Gallery, Hawaii, US
Hui No'eau, Visual Arts Center, Maui, Hawaii, US
Text & Subtext, Artspace, Sidney, Australia; Stenersen Museet, Oslo, Norway; Tasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Taipei MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan; Xray Art Center, Beijing China; Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore (2000-2003)
Image of Asia, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark
Discovery of New Perspective of Seoul Lives, Ssamzie space, Seoul, Korea

2002    
Swiss National Expo’02: Money and Value-The Last Taboo, Artplage Biel, Pavillion der Schweizerishen National bank, Switzerland
Pause, the 4th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
Au Quartier Coreen, Le lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Korean Air France, Glassbox, Paris, France  
Project Romance Day/Public Event, Maronie Park, Seoul, Korea
Coming to Our House, Space Zip, Seoul, Korea

2001    
Mega-Wave, the 1st Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Escape, the 1st Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania
Suit Case Studies, 1A Space, Hong Kong
Photography & Contemporary Art, Seoul Auction House, Seoul, Korea
Emerging Art Biennial, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu, Korea
Organized Relay Relay: Mail Art Drawing Exhibition, Insa Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2000    
Transmission, Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea
Room to Go, Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea


Selected Awards

2013    
Transfer Korea-NRW Residency, Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany

2011    
Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize Finalist, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2008    
Rockfeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship, New York, US
MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, Korea
Gyeonggi Creation Center Pilot Program, Gyeonggi, Korea

2007    
The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation Fellowship, Seoul, Korea

2004    
Couvent des Recollets grant by Ministry of French Foreign Affairs and City of Paris, Paris, France
Art Initiative Tokyo Residency, Tokyo, Japan
Ilmin Museum Fellowship, Seoul, Korea

2003    
Freemann Foundation Fellowship Residency, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, US

2001-02          
The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation Fellowship, Seoul, Korea

2001
Ilju Art House Fellowship, Seoul, Korea

2000
Ssamzie Space, Seoul Korea


Selected Public and Private Collections

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Kim Sun Jung Collection, Seoul, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Maeil Diaries, Korea
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Ssamzie Collection, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Ståhl Collection, Norrköping, Sweden
UBS Collection
Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK



EXHIBITIONS

Phantom Footsteps
Jun 4, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015

ARTWORKS

Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Greedy is good K01-01-01
2020
North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
141 x 141 cm

Abstract Weave / Morris Louis Delta Gamma 1960 SS02
2014
Machine embroidery on cotton, collected internet world news, tassel, wooden frame
Frame Only: 112 x 161 cm
Including Tassle: 144 x 161 cm

What you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities SSK 06-02
2018
North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, bribe, tension, anxiety, censorship, ideology, wooden frame, approx. 1000hrs/1person
135 x 96 cm

What you see is the unseen / Chandeliers for Five Cities DSK 01-D-01
2016-2017
North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton, middle man, smuggling, censorship, confiscation, bribe, anxiety, Ideology, wooden frame
92 x 87 cm


PUBLICATIONS

PHANTOM FOOTSTEPS KYUNGAH HAM


MEDIA COVERAGE

Exhibition: Phantom Footsteps

2016 Korea Artist Prize

2016 Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters

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