Soo Kim often employs techniques of cutting and layering in order to introduce areas of absence or disruption in what we tend to take for granted–the interpretation of photographic images. Kim believes that the lengthy process required to create her photographs infuses them with a “slowness” that finds its counterpart in the amount of time it takes the viewer to comprehend them. Her work often incorporates narrative elements or makes reference to literature, such as her series A Week Inside Two Days (2005) or They Stop Looking at the Sky (2006), an installation of large photographic collages. The series Midnight Reykjavík was influenced in part by architects’ writings from the 1960s on utopian communities.
Born in South Korea, Kim moved to Los Angeles in 1980. After earning a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, she combined studies in critical writing, art, and film at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia for her master of fine arts. Kim lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.