Chan Sook Choi
Berlin , Germany, Korea
Chan Sook Choi traveled from Korea to Germany in 2001 for her studies, living as an immigrant for around a decade. Since 2013, she has been based between Germany and Korea. Her questions about her own identity as an “outsider” and “presence on the borders” have led her to various forms of ongoing artistic research into the body’s physical movements and “inner emigration.” Artistic research is a methodology adopted by Choi that places importance on the production process and the performativity of the artist as a researcher and creator. The research is both a creative methodology and part of the artwork itself. Through it, she approaches and experiences her subjects personally, as she attempts to subvert typical concepts and principles and open up new ones in their place. Her artistic research on migration has led her to meet with individuals who have been “pushed away and leaking out” from the earth and to present the physical experiences and memories of their bodies, which are entangled with the earth. As she poses questions about mythical, immortal belief in a single controlling narrative, she undertakes an “experiment in narratology,” forming narratives by bringing together small fragments of information. An essential part of this experimentation has been multidisciplinary collaboration with experts in various fields besides art. Because a full narrative is only formed when the information is perceived through all the senses of the viewer’s body, the media and spaces to facilitate this are also created through collaborations. Chan Sook Choi’s intentional migrations come together with those who are “pushed away and leaking out” to create a new, fluid topography. Chan Sook Choi was selected as “visual artist of the year” by the Stadtmuseum Berlin’s Dr.-Otto-und-Ilse-Augustin-Stiftung in 2017 and as a recipient of visual arts support by the German federal government’s Kunstfonds in 2021. In Korea, she was selected as a Sungkok Art Museum “artist of tomorrow” in 2012 and as a participant in a Seoul Museum of Art up-and-coming artists’ program in 2017. In 2021, she was awarded the Korea Artist Prize presented by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) and the SBS network. In 2022, she received ministerial commendation as a “young artist of today” by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She has held solo exhibitions at Sungkok Art Museum (2013), Berlin’s Humboldt Forum (2017), the Art Sonje Center Project Space (2017), and Taipei’s Digital Art Center (2020), among other venues. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Aarhus Edition of the “Real DMZ Project” at the Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark (2017); the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria (2019); and Checkpoint. Border Views from Korea at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. She has taken part in intermedia projects that include a national brand performance at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul (2013/14) and a 10th-anniversary opening performance for Asia-Pacific Week at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin (2017).