Miru Kim's The Pig That Therefore I Am at Doosan Gallery NYCJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011
Mud Bath for Thick Skin, Miru Kim, ?ód? Biennale 2010 from Miru Kim on Vimeo.
We are completely fascinated by this project. Korean-born, New York-based photographer Miru Kim's latest series, The Pig That Therefore I Am, at Doosan Gallery NYC, has been causing a bit of chatter in the art world ever since she released a video piece of her nude with hundreds of pigs.
As Doosan notes for the exhibition, In large photographs titled “Composition,” Kim places her body directly in contact with a live pig. There is no space in between the two. Kim, inspired by French philosopher Michael Serres, believes the skin is the point of mergence for the inner soul and the outer world. In other words, the skin serves as the membrane through which inner organs and sensitivity meet the outer system. As the artist lies next to the breathing animal, she experiences an uncanny sense of inseparability. The moment of skin on skin redefines her perception of the world.
Kim then highlights the reasoned separation between humans and animals and reverses such operation by inserting herself in large-scale industrial farms. She shares the momentary experience of being one of the pigs that are rationally mass-produced rather than individually raised as in traditional households. What the artist may be exploring by confining herself amongst the fenced and packed is the reduction of human identity in the contemporary society—the reduced essence of being.
Kim will be at Doosan on Thursday, March 31 for an artist's talk, and we hope there is some video footage captured.
The Pig Therefore I Am
Through April 23, 2011
New York, New York