Cecilia Kim is a Korean video artist working in Washington D.C. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim has also lived in Australia, England, Singapore, and the United States. She received her MFA in Photography+Film at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is an adjunct instructor, and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kim’s video installation work deals with spaces of otherness. Her practice involves intimate relationships with friends and family, and exchange for gestures of vulnerable honesty. Non-linear narratives repeat, overlap, and circulate. Kim investigates structures of belonging, particularly of her home country Korea, as she reclaims the Korean origins beneath layers of her transnational, nomadic life. Language is a significant part of the work through written and spoken text. Kim examines the failures of language, contemplating what is lost through translation.
Kim was awarded Best in Show at The 19th Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows including Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington’s National Biennial: Assembly 2022, The Immigrant Artist Biennale (NYC, virtual), 0 GALLERY (Seoul, Korea), Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, D.C.), The Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA), Hume Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Sullivan Galleries (Chicago, IL). Kim participated in the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, VisArts Bresler Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Arts Residency, and Busan International OpenArts Residence. She is currently a 2021-23 Hamiltonian Artists Fellow.