International curator and president of Gwangju Bienniale Foundation
Having until recently directed the private Artsonje Center, where she initiated the Real DMZ Project (in Korea’s demilitarised zone), having curated both the Seoul Mediacity and Gwangju biennials in her native South Korea, and having been director of research at the fledgling Asia Culture Centre (ACC), also in Gwangju, Kim can be said to have played a major role in the development of South Korea’s contemporary art scene. A year after her appointment as president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, the first iteration of Kim’s vision for one of Asia’s most high-profile art events featured 11 curators and opened to a mixed response. Nevertheless, it marked a sea-change in working methods: gone were the big-name international curators, and the biennial was truly spread across the city. Between all that, Kim found time to curate an exhibition about the Real DMZ Project at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Francis Alÿs’s first South Korean outing at Artsonje.