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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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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