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In Sook Kim
Foreword by Claudia Jansen, texts by Markus Brüderlin, Sabine Schnakenberg
2009. 296 pp., 197 color ills.
29.70 x 24.60 cm
“This is a photo book to be shocked by, to luxuriate in, to gloat over, to empathize with. It is a kind of interactive catechism of good and evil, pleasure and pain, that you want to memorize and experience–or not–in your own private way, just like the guests in the hotel.” ArtAsiaPacific
“In a process of self-reflection, the depths of the abyss are plumbed—there, where lust, pain, ecstasy, and asceticism flow into emotional transcendence.” Jean Christophe Ammann, on In Sook Kim
Time and again, we read shocking newspaper reports about people who have lain dead in their homes for months, or even years, without any of their neighbors taking notice of them. These events are symptomatic of the increasing isolation of human beings—and not just senior citizens—in our society. In large cities, the risk of falling into complete anonymity is particularly acute.
In her works, In Sook Kim (*1969 in Pusan, South Korea) examines how people confront the threat of isolation. Her elaborate, psychologically persuasive settings show how we use television, computers, sex, alcohol, psychotropics, or illegal drugs in our futile attempts to fill the agonizing void, to drown out the terrible silence and painful awareness of our loneliness. Kim’s grandiose work, Saturday Night, condenses all of these escapes into one image; the illuminated windows of a high-rise provide an unobstructed view into the abyss of human existence.