The photographic postmodernists of the 1980s secured photography’s place in the art market and institutions with images that they staged, stole, chopped up and reconstituted. Even death and physical decay seemed to be constructions of culture.
"Headless body found in Thames 21 April, 2007", Title from BBC News
Born into a postmodern world, and self-cast as a nomad caught between cultures, Ayoung Kim returns to the scene of the crime...She cannot unlock the mystery of Alexander Litvinenko’s death or an anonymous city suicide; the construction of each dense delirious image is an opportunity for the artist to project herself imaginatively into a scenario, to probe its poetic and metaphorical possibilities.
" Man hits bus roof after 70Ft death plunge, 29 May, 2007"
“CCTV captures death chase, 19 July 2007”
Ayoung Kim restages the crime with the cool logic of the detective and the gruesome fascination of the voyeur. Her cutting and pasting takes place in three dimensional space, yielding impossible spaces for the eye to penetrate. In the process of montage some of the original meaning of the images is lost, and other meanings accrue. There is a hopefulness to this project. The work argues that fresh discoveries can be made, even in the tabloid detritus of contemporary life. The work is also elegiac. Kim proposes that in pausing to look back at the settings of these sordid urban tragedies, we may rediscover something we have lost.