South Korea

Hanna Kim
The Marks of Love

22.11.21 17.12.21

As part of the agreement that Fundación´ace has with ARKO — Art Council Korea, artist Hanna Kim came to our studio in November to do a Production Residency, during which she developed a site-specific installation in the Políglota Room of our studio. By transferring three-dimensional elements to the plane, Hanna reflects on the relationship between environment, hierarchies and happiness, and how the atmosphere in which she creates her pieces influences her work.


I use ordinary objects to visualize the oppressive emotion of the society in which I live. Although we are unable to see its invisible body, which exists with us at all times, I try to explain the invisible emotion and atmosphere by using the action of the body combined with a mixed selection of objects in abstract and variable forms. I explore intrinsic materials and the context of objects. I use lightweight tape that leaves marks on surfaces, the pointy shape of rubber cones, organic foods, and disposable plastics. I transform different shapes and surfaces through objects that have been assembled by hand and that now intrinsically contain the impression of the action of my body. I examine myself through the action of mixing, pulling and pressing, through manual processes that reveal the hidden meanings of social relationships and systems. The works that I do “could” present an incomprehensible form, but, also, “could” be accompanied by multiple interpretations.

Hanna Kim
1984 | Seoul, South Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea

2011 | MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Art London, UK
2010 | PG Dip in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Art London, UK
2007 | BA Painting, Kyungwon University, South Korea

2017 | Showroom: Everyday Pieces. This Weekend Room, Seoul, South Korea
2017 | Things of. Alternative Space Art Forum Rhee, Bucheon, South Korea
2015 | Artificial Island. Dongtan Art Space, Hwasung, South Korea

2020 | Urban Art Museum Public Art Project. Suchang Youth Mansion, Daegu, South Korea
2019 | Emerging Artist S. B39 Bucheon Art Bunker, Bucheon, South Korea
2018 | Mullae Value: Ignition. GS Gangseo N Tower, Seoul, South Korea
2018 | 3rd New Drawing Project. Chang Ucchin Museum of Art, Yangju, South Korea
2013 | Void Open 2013: Sculpture Show. Hoxton Arches, London, UK

2018 | ChromatiCity, Hanjangcha Publisher (publication)
2018 | 3rd New Drawing Project, Chang Ucchin Museum of Art
2017 | Selected finalist for the Deforg Prize award
2017 | 2rd New Drawing Project, Chang Ucchin Museum of Art

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Love Marks
Hanna Kim

09.12.21 17.12.21

Love Marks is the title that Hanna Kim, artist-in-residency during the last period of 2021, gave to her site-specific installation in our Políglota Room. During the 4 weeks that she spent in the studio, Kim worked tirelessly installing the fabrics that contain and shelter the public in the room, painting them with the pochoir technique.

Using the color palette with which she usually works and the repertoire of forms that characterize her, Hanna Kim transferred three-dimensional elements to the plane, to reflect on the relationship between the environment, hierarchies and happiness, and how the atmosphere in which she creates influences her work. In the words of the artist herself: “I examine myself through the action of mixing, throwing and pressing, through manual processes that reveal the meanings hidden by social relations and systems. The works I make ‘could’ present an incomprehensible form, but also ‘could’ be accompanied by multiple interpretations.”

Her installation was presented to the public on December 9th, 2021, at the ´aceNITE entitled When marks meet…, in which she shared the inauguration of her work with that of her Korean colleague Bomi Ahn and the Argentinian artist Guillermo Mena.

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When Marks Meet…

On Thursday, December 9th, 2021 we held the last ´aceNITE of the year. That night, we opened our studio so that Hanna Kim and Bomi Ahn, artists-in-residency from South Korea thanks to the agreement that ´ace has with ARKO—Arts Council Korea, inaugurate their exhibitions for the local artistic community together with Guillermo Mena, artist-in-residency from Cordoba with the support of the National Fund for the Arts. In addition, we took the opportunity to celebrate the end of the year and receive ´ace’s extended family with dinner and a toast, celebrating our 16th anniversary of uninterrupted work.

On the afternoon of December 9th, Hanna Kim inaugurated Marks of Love, a site-specific installation in our Políglota Room, through which the artist reflects on the relationship between the environment, hierarchies and happiness, and how the atmosphere in which she creates influences her work. Bomi Ahn presented When Species Meet…, her first excursion into the field of contemporary printmaking, in which she transferred her paintings and drawings to the multiple format. For this new series, Ahn was inspired by the ideas proposed by Donna Haraway in her book of the same name, When Species Meet. Guillermo Mena, on his part, presented an installation with material from his personal archive of frottages, work that he developed in 2021 in our studio during his residency, in which he unfolded years of accumulated material to give it order, shape and find internal logic that allows it to express and expose itself in a cohesive way.

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