Natasha Akhmerova Gallery
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EDUCATION

2004 - 2008 Sang Myung University, Cheonan, Korea, BFA Photography
2009 - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (transferred)


FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS / HONORS

2005 Sang Myung University Merit Scholarship
2005 Sang Myung University Fellowship 2006 Sang Myung University Merit Scholarship
2007 Sang Myung University Merit Scholarship
2007 KAPA (Korea Advertising Photographers Association), Creative Photographic Award

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Invisible Project, Boda Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2007 BFA Graduation Exhibition, D Gallery, Cheonan , Korea
2007 The 15th Exhibition of Korea Advertising Photographic Exhibitions, Seoul, Korea
2008 Artists’ Sensibility; Photography/Video/Installations, Ssamzie Art Mart, Seoul, Korea
2008 MEDIUM; Photography/video/painting/installations Exhibition, Hongik gallery, Korea
2008 ASYAAF (Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival), Seoul Station Old Bldg., Korea

ARTIST STATEMENT
HYUNJI SIM

                  We tend to neglect people who seem different from others. In the submitted photos, the woman painted herself white. This color represents her desire to become “another”. She is Chameleon, the color of her body mimics the color of the page, the surrounding frame. She is locked in a transparent box, trapped in the artifice of framing, in the photo itself. She is contorted beneath the pressure of the image. Questions of representation, agency and portraiture arise. The works interrogate a territory of social appearance, of cultural definitions of beauty, of the dematerialization of “self” within the subjectivity of the gaze. Throughout my recent photography, I continually wrestle with questions of feminity, of the beauty of flesh, the quandary of depicting another, the social order implied in the act of looking, and the manner in which such images may propel our thinking to consider larger questions of belonging, of “fitting” and the potential displacements of self.