Prepared To Be Inspired By South Korean Atta Kim’s Conceptual Photography [NSFW].

Two months ago, I went to South Korea and went to the National Museum Of Contemporary Art. I was blown away. No one really hears that much about the South Korean art scene, but there are some true big players. Unfortunately, many of them either do not have huge presences on the web or absolutely just get lost in translation (a typical Korea name, after all, can be romanticized into English in a number of ways; there’s no standard).

Luckily, photographer Atta Kim does have a web presence, and her photography seems to very obviously speak to her skills as not just a photographer, but as an artist who makes people feel comfortable enough to shed their skin, if you will.


The Museum Project: Brightly-colored staged sets portray human beings as museum showcases.

Deconstruction Series: Naked bodies are strewn about wastelands like debris.

Portrait Series: Elderly men and women seem to wear the weight of their history on their faces.

I highly recommend that you visit Atta Kim’s website; you can view many more images on there, and they can even be viewed in full-size.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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