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Christine Sun Kim:
Oh Me Oh My


In her work, artist Christine Sun Kim engages with how we experience and conceptualize sound. She challenges the notion that sound is a solely auditory experience, foregrounding it as something we sense through multiple dimensions including the visual, physical and political realms.

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Remai Modern

Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader, LOOKY LOOKY, 2018, two-channel HD video, 6 min 44 sec.
Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader, LOOKY LOOKY, 2018, two-channel HD video, 6 min 44 sec.

Kim, whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), explores and employs elements from various information systems — including graphic and musical notation, body language, and ASL — using these systems to develop her own visual vocabulary in a variety of mediums including performance, drawing, video and more.

Christine Sun Kim, Oh Me Oh My, Installation view, 2022, Remai Modern. Photo: Carey Shaw

Included in the exhibition at Remai Modern are 25 artworks spanning the artist’s practice. Her dry sense of humour is present throughout the exhibition such as in drawings on paper from the series English vs Deaf English which compares how various words and sentiments are conveyed through lists that read as poetry. Drawings of pie charts including Why I Work with Sign Language Interpreters, use seemingly objective statistical forms to present subjective reflections on lived experience and personal decisions. Four large-scale murals physically embody the phenomena and histories they convey and build on strategies of concrete poetry and conceptual sound scores. Collaboration with artists and musicians feature significantly in the audio and video works and reveal the intimacy and interdependence required for meaningful connections to be formed with films, with art, and with one another.

Christine Sun Kim, Oh Me Oh My, Installation view, 2022, Remai Modern. Photo: Carey Shaw

Oh Me Oh My is the artist’s first full-scale solo museum exhibition in North America. The first presentation takes place concurrently at Remai Modern, Saskatoon and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, followed by The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Remai Modern would like to acknowledge the Embassy and Consulates of The United States of America in Canada for supporting this exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

Christine Sun Kim, Oh Me Oh My, Installation view, 2022, Remai Modern. Photo: Carey Shaw

Curatorial Team

Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My is co-organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Remai Modern; the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College; and the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.

Remai Modern’s presentation is curated by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Co-Executive Director & CEOs, with Chad Redl, Exhibitions and Collections Supervisor; and installation team: Paul Atkins, Caleb Dueck, Devon Hanofski and Darren McQuay; with support from Robin Adair, Troy Mamer, Rowan Pantel, Maureen Schimnowsky and Kelly Tolley.

Christine Sun Kim, Oh Me Oh My, Installation view, 2022, Remai Modern. Photo: Carey Shaw

Artist

Christine Sun Kim (b. 1980, California, USA) lives and works in Berlin. She has presented artwork extensively including the Whitney Biennial, 2019; Art Institute of Chicago, 2019; San Francisco Art Museum of Modern Art, 2017; De Appel Art Center, 2017; amongst many others. She is the recipient of an MIT Media Lab Fellowship and a TED Senior Fellowship. In 2020 she became a recipient of a Disabilities Future Fellowship from the Ford and Mellon Foundations.