Artist Talk: Minouk Lim

Asia Society Museum

Multimedia artist and 2024 Asia Arts Game Changer Awardee Minouk Lim discusses the evolution of her artistic practice over the last twenty years. She is joined in conversation by Yasufumi Nakamori, Director, Asia Society Museum and Vice President of Arts and Culture, Asia Society. The event will take place on Friday, May 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (ET) at Asia Society Museum.



Minouk Lim (b. 1968) is an artist of many forms, creating works that are beyond the boundary of different genres and media, and deepening the scope of questions while encompassing writing, music, video, installation and performance as her means of artistic expression. Lim’s work recalls historic losses, ruptures, and repressed traumas. Rooted in language, and specifically the politics of expression, of what has been said and what that, in turn, has silenced, her sculptures, videos, performances, and installations don’t replay past events, rather, they elevate the experiences, memories, and feelings of those sidelined by the political violence of the Korean war and its ensuing process of modernization.

Minouk participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennials including the Asia Society Triennial (2020), the Gwangju Biennial (2020 & 2014), the Setouchi Triennale (2016) Sydney and Taipei Biennial (2016), Paris Triennale (2012), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Political populism (Kunsthalle Wien 2015), The Time of Others (Museum of Tokyo, 2010) and Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea (LACMA, 2009-2010). Lim’s works are collected at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Korea; Gyeonggi Museum of Art; Seoul City Art Museum; Kandist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Walker Art Center; and ArtSonje Center, Korea.


Dr. Yasufumi Nakamori is the Director of Asia Society Museum and Vice President of Arts and Culture, Asia Society. He was previously at the Tate, where he served as Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). He has advised on numerous programming and acquisition initiatives on photography, Asian and Asian diaspora art at Tate Modern and provided strategic management for photography at Tate Britain. He served on Tate’s inaugural Race Equality Task Force and the steering committee for the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational.

Prior to Tate, Nakamori headed the Department of photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art from 2016 to 2018 (where he curated exhibitions of artists including Amar Kanwar, Leslie Hewitt, and Naoya Hatakeyama) and served as curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2008 to 2016. His catalogue Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro received a 2011 Alfred Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association. He also taught graduate seminars focusing on the history of modern and contemporary Japanese art and architecture at Rice University and Hunter College, CUNY.

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