“In The Museum Project, made between 1995 and 2002, Atta Kim inverts the public space of the museum and its system of display, placing the public, oftentimes naked, within the “private” space of glass display containers. Playing the role of excavator and curator, the artist stages and photographs tableaux involving sex, violence, political ideology, and religion, creating his own museum in the process.
The transparent box-shaped containers play a key role in this project, heightening the viewer’s awareness of the relationship between observer and object and creating a space where living objects are enshrined. In some images, as in works from the “Field” series, multiple bodies are pressed together or hunched within the confines of a small box; in others, as in works from the “People” series, figures are presented carrying out commonplace activities within the box, such as sharing a meal or simply standing quietly. By isolating and displaying individuals, The Museum Project addresses issues of surveillance, alienation, vulnerability, and Eastern philosophy.”
source: Yossi Milo Gallery
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