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KIM, Oan

PORTRAIT-KIMBorn in 1974 in Saint-Denis, France.

Vit et travaille France.


Oan Kim studied visual arts at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and composition in the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur.Co-founder of the M.Y.O.P agency, he divides his time between conceptual photography and playing with the band Film Noir.Over the last ten years his photography has been pursuing a subjective documentary-like approach, which combines formal visual research with an intimate questioning of reality. The Fanfares series – a 1999 National Visual Arts Centre commission – portrayed the wild goings-on in French student brass bands; the La Plage series, produced in Hawaii on a FIACRE incentive grant, dramatised the mysterious emptiness of the seaside.More recently his series Useless revisited the theme of the Vanitas that he had previously examined in a series on sidewalks, further pursuing image/word relationships.

In the last few years his work has been focusing on cities and streets, combining documentary and diary, visual wonder and challenges to the spectator’s experience.


Oan Kim presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2009: Oan Kim based on a text by Laurent Gaudé, I am the dog Pity at the Capitole.