About Jun Kim

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Photographer / Video Artist

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Jun Kim was born in 1988 in Japan, lives, and works in Cologne & Berlin. As a child, Jun Kim was very much exposed to the artistic work of his parents Elke Kim, Ken Mai and his uncle Bernd Arnold. This gradually formed his enormous interest in photography. Jun Kim has special admiration and draws inspiration from different works, which is reflected in his own work. His photography is characterized by a visionary world that consists of highly complex compositions, scenarios as seen in a motion picture, idiosyncratic images, which create an astonishing parallel universe where the impossible becomes possible. The law of gravity is disbanded. The same applies to the ‘taken for granted’ proportions, patterns and formations – all constantly challenged.

Jun Kim takes his viewers to a world of his own, touched by surrealism. The mortal on earth, whom he presents in diverse strands, remains his most significant motivation. His ability to create this kind of photography is aided at large by very elaborate sets including characters from his early days, individuals and symbols that fascinate him or play an immense role in his life. His wildly imaginative pictures are charged with his own interpretation of historical artwork in a spirit of the modern age.

He studied photography in Dortmund, did an internship at Erwin Olaf Studios, won various awards like the 2013 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and is part of the artist movement “Artists for Freedom” fighting against human trafficking. Today Jun Kim has a studio with his mother and artist Elke Kim in the art gallery Rhenania.

In the year 2011 both the mother and son teamed up and successfully launched the “Eiengroup”.


Some of Jun's customers

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Curriculum Vitae


2015
Bachelor of Arts

Since 2014
Sponsor of “Köln Ball” an organization which is committed to research on anti-cancer medicaments for children

2012
Internship and assistance at Erwin Olaf Studios, Netherlands

2011
Founder of „Eiengroup“

2010
Participation in an artists movement against human trafficking “Artistsfor Freedom“

Since 2008
Assistance Bernd Arnold

Since 1992
Live in Cologne

Since 1988
Born in Nara (Japan)


Exhibitions (Selection)

2017
Artexpo, New York

2016
Spectrum/Red Dot, Miami

2015
Next to Museum „Dante House“, Florence

2014
New York Times Center, New York

2014
Onomato artist association, Düsseldorf

2014
EIENgroup, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne

2014
Gallery Weithorn, Villa Greiffenhorst, Krefeld

2013
EIENgroup, Art Taipei, Taiwand

2013
Industrie & Handelskammer, Karlsruhe

2013
Space Dupon, Paris

2012
EIENgroup, Art festival ” Strom II “, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne

2012
Museum Voswinckelshof, Dinslake

2012
LDXArtodrome Gallery, Malta

2011
PX3 Winners Exhibition, Paris

2011
Long Night of Museums, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne

2011
Gallery Crossart, Cologne

2010
Artclub Gallery, Cologne

2010
Kunstraum K5, Cologne

2010
Galileo Park, Lennestadt

2010
Town Hall Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach

2010
Urania / artinternational, Berlin

2010
Long Night of Museums, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne

2010
Photokina, Cologne


Conceptual projects

2011
„Die Vitruvianer“, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne


Installations

2012
Museum Voswinckelshof, Dinslaken

2012
EIENgroup, Art festival “Strom II”


Awards

2014
London International Creative Competition, Shortlist

2014
New York Times Lens Portfolio Review

2013
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 1st Price

2012
PPL – Award, 1st Price

2011
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, bronze

2010
Adobe Design Achievement Award, semifinalist

2008
Pcp-Award, awardwinner