Installation View – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #050 (2022)La Galleria Nazionale
Kim Juree, Flooded
In Kim Juree’s Flooded, where we can witness the dissolution of a clay architecture we are shown what kind of disruptive force the elements, such as water, are able to express.
Hwigyeong – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #165 (2015) by Juree KimLa Galleria Nazionale
What is the "hottest" contemporary theme nowadays?
After the pandemic, it’s true that people have become much more sensitive to the environmental changes. We are all facing the disastrous climate crisis caused by pollution of our environment. I believe it is time to focus on the issues of how to create relations through art.
Hwigyeong – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #168 (2015) by Juree KimLa Galleria Nazionale
How artistic practice can actively influence these issues?
Art has always voiced its agenda from its progressive status at times of change in thoughts and ideologies. It is not easy for art to contribute in changing systems in a direct way. However, I believe art has the power to move people’s hearts and that is the social role of art.
Hwigyeong – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #166 (2015) by Juree KimLa Galleria Nazionale
How was it to confront with other artists in Hot Spot?
I felt respect and deep solidarity toward their ideas and philosophy of action. They express their unique characters through diverse methods but their inner world has a common ground of profound thought and interest on humanity and nature.
Hwigyeong – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #164 (2015) by Juree KimLa Galleria Nazionale
What do you think is the main visitors' feeling in Hot Spot?
We all know that nobody can avoid the devastation of global warming caused by pollution. I am sure the viewers would be able to sympathize with what this exhibition wanted to talk about. Artistic language expressed in various methods resonates with people’s hearts.
Hwigyeong – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #167 (2015) by Juree KimLa Galleria Nazionale
Choose a claim for an aesthetic activism manifesto
Contemporary art has infiltrated the society while constantly dealing with various issues of life. As such, I study the issues of pollution in our society or world environment, of human egoism through the discourses expressed via my art works.
Interview by Giulia Lotti. Photo by Adriano Mura and the artist.