Museum Project is the house of my thinking and existence. It is the theme of my work from 1994 until now. It attempts to deconstruct the museum in its literal sense as defined in a dictionary and turns it into a private one. I believe all things in existence have historical meaning and value as relics, and I understand humankind as a master of the history.
The setting of Museum Project can be made in any place like nature, in downtown, or even in virtual space. All the places have their own uniqueness, but once an acrylic box is installed in one of them, it is transformed into my stage, my museum. The acrylic box in the project functions like formalin used for mounting man and as a method of defamiliarization. I put various aspects of human beings in acrylic boxes and thus detach those objects from reality, understand the world in that distance, exhibit my conceptions and deconstruct them.
Atta Kim was born in South Korea. His solo exhibition, AttaKim: ON-AIR, has been accepted for the Collateral Events of 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2009.
He also has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York in 2006; Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Rodin Gallery, Seoul in 2008; the Society of Contemporary Photography, Kansas in 2001; the Nikon Salon, Tokyo in 1993; and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon in 2008; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago in 2007; “Sotheby's Contemporary Art Asia: Presenting Top 30 Asian Artists”, Miami in 2007; Gwangju Biennale in 2004; the Australian Center for Photography, Sydney in 2002; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2002; the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale in 2002; the traveling exhibition “Translated Acts: Performance and Body Art from East Asia” in 2001; FotoFest, Houston in 2000; and the Odens Foto Triennale, Odens, Denmark in 2000.