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ONE ON ONE

Michael Joo on Kim Beom

Who You Are, When You Are

KIM BEOMUntitled (Intimate Suffering #13), 2014, acrylic on canvas, 491 x 348.5 cm. Installation view at Sharjah Biennial 12, 2015. Photo by Alfredo Rubio. Courtesy the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation.


A cloud of dust breaks the stillness of an African grassland, a shadowy form at its nucleus. Emerging from the cloud another form explodes, turns on a dime and doubles back on the first in a dynamic death-dance. The movements are familiar—lessons of nature, of predator and
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