Catalogue of Soun-Gui Kim's retrospective exhibition in South Korea: an overview of her work since the late 1960s.
Lazy Clouds explores artist Soun-Gui Kim's world of art from the late 1960s to the present. “Lazy Clouds” was the title of a poem written by the artist, and became the title of her book of poetry, published in France. Though capitalist society criticizes laziness as a sign of insincerity and indolence, Soun-Gui Kim focuses on the creative and philosophical possibilities of laziness. The lazy life she has pursued is full of delightful play and amazing discoveries, in contrast to meaningless busyness that makes us forget the essence of life. Like the clouds, which transform freely and drift along making their own paths in the sky, artist Soun-Gui Kim lives a life that is not confined to formalities, but pioneers new roads of art ahead of her times, creating new paths in untrodden land.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), from August 31, 2019, to January 27, 2020.
Born 1946 in Pou-Yeo, Chung-Nam, Korea, Soun-Gui Kim lives and works in France since 1971, and exhibits internationally. She approaches the arts through Eastern philosophies, such as that of Tchuang-Tseu, and combines meditative stance with Western philosophical interrogation, around one main question: how does silence and resistance arrive?