Shinwook KIM

(Born in Seoul in 1982, graduated in 2012 from the Fine Art Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2014 Shinwook Kim completed a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art).He is an artist who creates a personal introspective nocturnal dimension with the medium of photography, carrying out the mise en abyme in which a passage of threshold from the watchful state to the hypnotic one is incessantly duplicated.

A visual example of this operative process can be read in the cycle of works entitled The Night Watch 2011-2017, which during the military service resumes one of its night-time solitary tours, in a border area between North Korea and that of the South. The state of exhaustion combined with the tension throughout, crossing a demilitarized zone, but at risk, brings him to mistake a large tree trunk he suddenly stumbles over for a person. With his dominant greens and violets he resumes his photographic shots with their ghostly aspect of the forest in which he roams as in a daydream. The night, the spectral light, which illuminates the edges of the tree canopy, gives to his work a Gothic aspect which is attractive and psychic.

Shinwook Kim is deeply drawn to the immaterial boundaries between different countries, from nobody’s land, from non-places, like airports and waiting rooms, theorized by Marc Augé, from the states of shift between the real and the imaginary.



2014 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, UK
2012 BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Solo Exhibition

2019 AIRPORT CITY, KAIST Art & Research Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2018 Unnamed Land: Air Port City, SPACE 22, Seoul, Korea
2015 SLEEPWALKER, UK Korean Cultural Center, London, UK
2012 Photographic Images of Fish and Shellfish in Korean Classical Painting, MOKSPACE, London, UK

Group Exhibition

2019 Postmodern: short stories, The Mall, Milan, Italy
2018 10th SKOPF Photographer of the Year, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea
ManifestO Rencontres Photographiques de Toulouse, Place St Pierre, Toulouse, France
Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2017, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Kiyosato, Japan
2017 Family Reunion, Pi Gallery, London, UK
2015 The Open West, The Wilson Museum, Chaltenham, UK
2014 UNSEEN, Amsterdam, The Netherland
SHOW RCA, Royal College of Art, London, UK
NEW HERO, ‘Public Art’ Selected Artist Exhibition, NEMO, Seoul, Korea
Young Art Taipei 2014, Taipei, Taiwan
RCA SECRET 2014, Royal College of Art, London, UK
UMIT PRESENTS 16MM film, BL-NK, London, UK
WEA Exhibition, Selected by AAF Milan, Superstudio Piu, Milan, Italy
2013 Import/Export, Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti,- Tornio/Harparanda, Sweden / Finland
Splinter, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
Night Break, MOKSPACE, MOKSPACE, London, UK
The Others,Hanmi Gallery, London, UK
Contemporary Korea Photo Exhibition of Four Young Photographers, Guardian Garden, Tokyo, Japan
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
NordArt 2013, Büdelsdorf, Germany
7th International Arte Laguna Prize Finalists exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italia
OPEN PLAN : Nomadologies, 55 Gracechurch Street, London, UK
WIP Show, Entrance Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK
14th Photography Criticism Awards winning Exhibition, Iyang Gallery, Seoul, Korea – And many more


2018 Laureates 2018 ManifestO Rencontres Photographiques de Toulouse, France
2017 ‘Photographer of the Year’, KT&G Sangsang madang, Korea
2015 Winner of ‘KCCUK Open Call’, Korean Cultural Centre, UK
2014 Royal College of Art ‘Overseas Student Bursary Award’, UK
2013 Royal College of Art ‘Fine Art Bursary Award’, UK
The Winner of ‘The British Institution Awards’, Royal Academy of Art, UK
Monthly Art Magazine ‘Public Art’ Selected Artist, Korea
2012 14th Photography Criticism Awards, Photo space, Korea – And many more


Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK
KT&G Sangsang madang, Korea
SPACE 22, Korea – And many more

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