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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until September 29, 2023

Admission always free
23 Oct 21·4:00 PMuntil5:00 PM


Woojae Kim

Offsite at Emery Barnes Park, 1170 Richards Street

As part of his current WEDGE residency—presented in partnership with Ground Floor—artist Woojae Kim invites participants to a brief one-on-one encounter. Welcoming guests one at a time to an outdoor space, Kim will offer participants a photograph printed on handmade incense paper coated with an original fragrance. The artwork will then be burned, releasing its scent as the artist reads a short text. Kim writes:

“The scent was made as I recalled the fear of loss I felt during the past 18 months. The fear of losing someone close. The fear of losing my sense of smell. The fear of losing my chance to say goodbye. A photograph turns to smoke releasing the embedded scent into the air. The scent goes into our nose and comes out as words.”

Each encounter will last approximately five minutes and is best experienced without a mask. All encounters will be held outdoors—rain or shine—with appropriate distancing protocols in effect. The artist is fully vaccinated.

Woojae Kim combines his research on biology with somatic experiences. He often invites organisms to influence the process of artmaking and change the experience of artwork throughout its lifespan. He is currently learning about soil science as a way to think about colonization, (bio)diversity and non-human intelligence. Woojae is an immigrant from Korea and now lives in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.