In a revealing Q & A interview with Aube Magazine's editors, Jinyoung Kim discusses Korean pop culture, the challenges of a double-identity, and her secret "ten-year plan."
The following is an excerpt from the AUBE MAGAZINE interview with PMG artist JINYOUNG KIM.
AUBE MAGAZINE: How has being of Korean origin influenced your life? Do you consider it to be a big part of your identity? How does it come into play in your work?
JINYOUNG KIM: South Korea is an integral part of my work. Being from somewhere else, another part of the world. It is an important part of my identity. At the same time, I’ve been trying right now to understand what it means to be South Korean. Culturally, I identify with South Korea and practice the culture but I think that in terms of understanding the depth of art, I’m not able to understand their contemporary art completely. That’s because the art that is made in the contemporary art scene amongst the young is embodying what it means to be in that society; it needs to be read in that context. I don’t think I understand their contemporary art in that sense but I identify a lot with their pop culture. For example, since it’s something I grew up with, popular songs and novels, dramas, things like that. So it is important in a more fundamental way, in terms of ethical values, cultural traditions and the like.
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