Minjee Hwang Kim

Minjee Hwang Kim is a visual artist from Seoul, South Korea, and now in Helsinki, Finland. Her artistic interest lies in (dis)placement in both the physical and psychological sense. In her works, she reflects on emigration, intergenerational trauma, patriarchal landscape, and the shifts in perception of time between Buddhist-circular time and Christian-linear time.

Kim holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Korea National University of Arts and MFA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.


An island can be dreadful for someone from outside.
Tove Jansson

I will reflect on the power relationship between the individual mind and social structure, especially the one between the island’s physicality and the frame of mind. The focus is imprisonment-in our own mind, body, and the island-to challenge the notion of belonging. Will I feel trapped by the waters or will I feel protected? Does belonging always happen voluntarily? And must it be voluntary?