Jung A Kim

Jung A Kim

South Korea, born in 1978

Pond of Silence reflects on the relationship between nature and humankind, presented as a series of about a hundred photoworks exploring the technique of the photogram. This historic process, developed and popularized in the first half of the nineteenth-century by William Henry Fox Talbot, consists in printing directly onto paper sensitized with silver salts the outlines of plants or other objects; the image is obtained by simple exposure to light, without the intervention of a camera. Purely experimental from the outset, in art history the practice is associated with the avant-garde, with Dada and the Bauhaus, for example. Jung A Kim reinterprets the technique in a contemporary manner, presenting a fragmentary piece featuring a multitude of such photograms, which, linked by written texts, are arranged into an artist’s book. The texts superimposed over the formal poetry conjured up by the light effects in the photographic pictures are melancholy in character, fragments of the artist’s personal memories and thoughts concerning the shifting nature of the human soul.


BTK — University of Art & Design, Berlin, Germany, 2013
CAU — Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea, 2012 – 2014



Jung A Kim, Cover; Unfold and Double spread, from the series Pond of Silence, photogram diary books, 2013 – 2015
7,25 x 10,5 cm 29 x 21 cm and 14,5 x 10,5 cm
© Jung A Kim

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