Heena Kim, 김현화

b. 1979, South Korea
lives and works in London

Heena Kim’s practice involves being playful with concepts of subjectivity surrounding a range of ideas informed by the world around her. These subjects concerning memories are reenacted through a constructed narrative based on her learned assumptions instead of didactic facts. She uses an omnipresent idea existing in her mind, something always happening behind our sight. And this notion is the jumping point for the work to highlight connections between those disruptive moments and conflicts that are a constant event in life; be it relationships, society or culture. The focus is about making an opposition to this dominate paradigm, while expressing an inventive consideration for those moments between authenticity and imagination.


MA in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins of Art and Design, University of Arts London (UAL), London, UK

MFA in Fine Art, Hongik University Graduate School, Seoul, South Korea

BFA in Fine Art, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

Solo Exhibitions
2011 Pink Human, The Briggait Project Space, Glasgow, UK
2010 Visible vs Invisible, Nest Gallery, organized by Oriental VisArt, Geneva, Switzerland
2004 The Weirdest Place, Samsung Raemian Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea
Awards and Grants
2012 Finalist for BEEP, Wales’ International Painting Prize, organised by Elysium Gallery, Volcano Theatre, Swansea, UK
2011 The curators prize, Jackson’s Art Prize, Drawing Crowds, The Stone Space, London
2011 Finalist for The Briggait Project Programme, The Briggait Project Space, Wasps Studios, Glasgow
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 All S-He Ever Wanted To Be, Galleria M, Kolkata, India
2014 I Meet Together, I Agree, Vitrine Gallery, London
2014 Symposium: A Banquet of Korean Contemporary Art, Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2013 Site Specific Squat, Foundation B.A.D, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2013 Object Abuse, Spinach Research Agency, London
2013 First in First out, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London
2012 Kiss the Future, Schwartz Gallery, London
2012 Through Tomorrow’s Eyes, BEEP, organised by Elysium Gallery, Volcano Theatre, Swansea, UK
2012 Bow Arts Open Show, Bermonsey Project Space, London
2012 Citizen, tactileBOSCH Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2011 Drawing Crowds, The Stone Space, London
2011 Venice: Vending Machine, organised by Elysium Gallery, Galleria Perela, Venice, Italy
2011 Drawing Connections, the Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2011 Manchester Art Crawl, part of Manchester International Fringe Festival ‘Not Part Of’, Manchester, UK
2010 Curiouser Curiouser, organised by Submit2gravity, The Old Vic Tunnels, London
2010 Resort, The Residence Gallery, London
2010 Ways of seeing, I-Myu Projects Gallery, London
2009 The Sneeze Art Flair, Westbourne Studios, London
2009 Platform, DegreeArt.com Gallery, London
2009 The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London
2009 Climate Change Campaign Event, organised by the Conservative Party, London
2009 artWorksOpen, Artworks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
2009 Inside Out, The Fire Station Gallery, Windsor, UK
2009 Overview, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK
2008 Entry Forms, Korean Cultural Centre, London
2008 System & Patterns 2, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2008 System & Patterns 2, Westboune Studio, London
2007 Wimbledon Studio Summer Open Show, Wimbledon Studio, London