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Born in California in 1980 and now based in Berlin, Christine Sun Kim has built an acclaimed practice around sound, its visual representations and its circulation as social currency. Kim uses performance, video, drawing, writing and technology to reflect on her experiences as part of the Deaf community and to comment on the social and political operations of sound. A keen observer of language, Kim employs American Sign Language, music notation, televisual captioning, and other systems of visual communication in a wide ranging practice that address the intricacies of social exchange and the power of representation with illuminating wit and candor.
Kim has exhibited and performed internationally, including at the Manchester International Festival (2021), Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2021), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2020); Whitney Biennial, New York (2019); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2019); Art Institute of Chicago (2018); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (2017); Berlin Biennale (2016); Shanghai Biennale (2016); MoMA PS1, New York (2015) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), among numerous others.
Kim is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellowship, an MIT Media Lab Fellowship, a TED Senior Fellowship and has presented at numerous conferences and symposia. Her work has been the subject of reviews and profiles in many publications including Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair UK, DIS Magazine, The Wire, Rhizome, VICE, and ArtAsiaPacific. Her work resides in the public collections of prominent public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, and the Williams College Museum of Art.
This program is presented with support from the following Williams College partners: the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the Davis Center; and Pathways for Inclusive Excellence.