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March 2, 2021

Busan Biennale
Words at an Exhibition, The Chicago Chapter

University of Chicago Arts

Kim Heecheon, A Drill, 2020. Banner installation, 1,500 x 700cm (2). Courtesy of the Busan Biennale.

Premiere event: March 5, 6pm CST
Artist/musician Kim Gordon & artist Kim Heecheon in conversation with biennale Artistic Director Jacob Fabricius and Curator Stephanie Cristello about the intersections between their sonic and image-based practices.

Streaming will be hosted online by Empty Bottle Presents. The event is free and you may register here. Closed Captioning will be provided.

About the Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition, The Chicago Chapter
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the 2020 edition of the Busan Biennale have partnered with the University of Chicago’s Richard and Mary L.Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Center for East Asian Studies Committee on Korean Studies, and Empty Bottle Presents to stage Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition, The Chicago Chapter. The Busan Biennale 2020 was originally conceived and presented in South Korea. Unfolding over the course of 2021, The Chicago Chapter will consist of a series of events and exchanges among artists, musicians, and writers with a particular attention to sound art and music.

About the artists
Kim Gordon studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and has continued to work as an artist since. For the past thirty years, Gordon has worked consistently across disciplines and across distinct cultural fields: art, design, writing, fashion (X-Girl), music (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, Body/Head), and film/video (both as actress and director). Her autobiographical memoir, Girl in a Band (2015), is a New York Times best seller. Gordon is represented by 303 Gallery in New York City and has had solo shows at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

Kim Heecheon pays attention to the life of contemporary people based on a mix of individual experiences and the trend of the times. He presents a diversity of critical views on reality by constantly deconstructing and re-combing the boundaries between the virtual and physical world, using digital media. Kim Heecheon studied architecture at the Korea National University of Arts, Seoul. Since 2015, his works have increasingly been shown in an international context, including 2016 at the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Arts, 2016 at the Kunsthal Aarhus, 2016 and 2017 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2017 at the 15th Istanbul Biennale and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, 2018 at the 12th Gwangju Biennale, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, and Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, and 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila. Solo exhibitions were shown in 2018 at the Doosan Gallery, New York, and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Kim Heecheon is a winner of the Mirae Award of the Parkgeonhi Foundation 2013 and the Doosan Yonkang Art Award 2016. In 2018 he was Artist-in-Residence of the Doosan Yonkang Foundation in New York. Kim Heecheon lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

Future events
A full schedule of subsequent events, including planned outdoor installations and a concert, will be made available as soon conditions allow for their confirmation. Please visit here for more information about future programs.

Media contact: Mike Schuh, Assistant Director, Fellowships and Operations Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, University of Chicago, mikes1 [​at​] uchicago.edu

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