Yoonkyung Lim: One’s Position

Yoonkyung Lim’s (Alum Berlin ’20) solo exhibition ‘One’s Position,’ at Seoul’s The Reference, examines one’s roles and relationships to others in a given social context.

Yoonkyung Lim, “Time Line: Statism Code (My birth year)”(2020-ongoing), exhibition view

The exhibition presents Time Line: Statism Code and Looking for One’s Position. Time Line: Statism Code is an art-event where participants can recompose legal codes by situating themselves to reflect and reinterpret other’s positions that have been codified by the state. Looking for One’s Position is a video documentation recording students’ performance where viewers can observe different group dynamics. They discuss the implications behind the seating arrangement in a conventional classroom while rearranging the desks and seats themselves.

Yoonkyung Lim, “Time Line: Statism Code (Black ribbon band)”(2020-ongoing), exhibition view

“Time Line: Statism Code” (2020-ongoing) invites the audience to participate in the ongoing debate on the law and regulations that restrain individual bodies. Viewers are invited to engage in a series of activities using legal codes: filling out an identification form and selecting a ribbon band with an extant legal code to then sew on the seam of their clothes, or decorating the baseboard molding of their own homes with a regulation label.

In “Finding One’s Position”(2020), the artist asked two groups of three students as if they had a better idea to change the standardized seating arrangement in her class. In response to this, students discussed and rearranged the desks and seats for one another and the artist recorded the entire process.


임윤경 개인전: 개인의 자리 | Yoonkyung Lim, Solo Exhibition: One’s Position

Oct. 30 – Nov 12

The Reference
B1/2F 44 Jahamun-ro 24-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03042 S.Korea


About Yoonkyung Lim

Yoonkyung Lim’s work seeks to examine and reinterpret the difference between invisibility and visuality in everyday life and the unstable boundary between individuality and collectivity in the social setting. She has exhibited in venues such as Pohang Museum of Art, Pohang (2015), Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul (2016), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon (2017), Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul (2018), and The Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul (2019). She has participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2011/2) and Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul (2019).