Image of artwork titled "21-59" by Kim Farkas
Image of artwork titled "21-59" by Kim Farkas

Kim Farkas, 21-59, 2021
Custom composites, LED fixture, electronics, copper, joss paper

Kim Farkas is a Paris-based artist of indigenous Singaporean descent whose techno-organic relationship to ancestral heritage and nascent industrial conditions is rooted in the ceremonial practice of burning symbolic currencies as offerings to forebears and deities– considering the insider/ outsider status of diasporic communities. Compositing ancient forms and industrialized facture, Farkas manifests a reflective space between the transmission of ritual and an unevenly distributed economy in which worldly attainment and social dignity are deferred to the afterlife, particularly in a world of increasingly migrant bodies. Embedded in the contours of 3D-printed hybrids, ritual materials such as joss paper, artist-made vessels applied in burning ceremonies, and copper conduits are layered among the lithophane simulacra of consumer items coordinated with liquiform, corporeal abstractions.

Kim Farkas (b. 1988, Paris) lives and works in Paris, France. The artist received his BA in graphic design from Olivier de Serres, Paris, in 2002, his BFA from Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2012, and his MFA from Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2014. Selected exhibitions include: FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes; Balice Hertling, Paris; Downs & Ross, New York; High Art, Paris; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Bétonsalon, Paris; Galerie des Filles du Calvaire,Paris; Bagnoler, with Hélène Carbonnel, Bagnolet; Doc, with Grichka Commaret, Paris; From the xmas tree of lucy bull, Los Angeles; Tonus, Paris; Shanaynay, Paris; and Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is a recipient of the CNAP.



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