miru kim: the pig that therefore I am
miru kim: the pig that therefore I am miru kim: the pig that therefore I am
mar 21, 2011

miru kim: the pig that therefore I am

miru kim: the pig that therefore I am doosan gallery, new york march 24th – april 23rd, 2011

‘the pig that therefore I am’ by miru kim (above) ‘NY 1’ image © miru kim

‘the pig that therefore I am’, the latest work by korean-american artist miru kim, is a collection of photographs that explores the transferring qualities of skin and the reasoned separation between humans and animals. the work, a modification of philosopher rené descartes’ famed supposition, ‘I think therefore I am’, utilizes the largest organ of the human body to illustrate the striking similarities between beast and man, conveying the notion of being one with your surrounding through the sense of physical touch.

‘MO 1’ image © miru kim

the images show kim among a hoard of three hundred pound pigs, fenced and confined in a large-scale industrial farm. the artist’s form is often made indistinguishable through the use of dramatic lighting and deep shadows, further blurring the differentiating factor between human and animal, ultimately reducing her human identity among the masses. kim explores the idea of the skin serving as an osmotic membrane between the inner self and the outer world, experiencing a deep connection and feeling of inseparability with the pigs.

having previously experimented with the juxtaposition of her nude body with the massive setting of the contemporary society, she depicts the fragile concept of the individual in a visceral and emotionally-gripping manner.

‘the pig that therefore I am’ is showing at the doosan gallery in new york from 24 march to 23 april, 2011.

‘IA 2’ image © miru kim

‘NY 2’ image © miru kim

‘IA 5’ image © miru kim

(left) ‘bodies (IA) 1’ (right) ‘bodies (IA) 2’ images © miru kim

‘NY 3’ image © miru kim

‘IA 3’ image © miru kim

(left) ‘composition 1’ (right) ‘composition 5’ images © miru kim

  • this is soo wrong…

    dee iva says:
  • creepy

    dbkii says:
  • I can smell it from here !!!

    Bull says:
  • This is really sad. Pigs should be allowed to roam freely.

    claire says:
  • Well, having spent a fair amt of time on hog farms… as an artist, these images are right on. I have thought of similar work related to the message and aesthetics. I am humbled at your bravery, execution, and your sharing thereof. Thanks for this important work.

    C. Bouzide says:
  • Powerful, brave, thrilling work.

    Tom P says:
  • Yeaaaahhh. I love that!!!!

    Zoophile says:
  • bacon and girl. Need a beer too.

    gaúcho de Bagé says:
  • Jesus Christ….

    Jimmy says:
  • “You get to know a lot butchering meat. We’re made up of the same things -flesh and blood, tissue, organs. I love to work with pigs. The nearest thing in nature to the flesh of a man is the flesh of a pig.” – gangs of ny

    and further..

    great pictures. i bet the distinction between the beast and man there would have been slighter had she found a willing gastronome..

    grahampuba says:
  • Completely captivating.

    lobster-rocket says:
  • Smells good

    yoyotte says:
  • Why do the pigs have no tails?

    jane says:
  • Beautiful.
    So many people are unable to see that humans are only animals too.

    Well done, great work

    Ian says:
  • ART WITHOUT A CAUSE…reminds me of a korean horror movie where the killer releases man-eating pigs on their female captives….

    LANVY-NYC says:
  • Nice pitctures, nice art..

    Bird says:
  • not pretty sure if that works..

    Francisco Diaz says:
  • They do not have tails because they eat each other. They also removed the teeth and testicles when they are babies without anesthesia. Please do not eat meat. vegetarianism rules!

    Irma Zamora says:
  • There is a connection between the words “pork” and “collateral damage” as in Iraq/Afghanistan and now Libya. Vegetarians understand. Omnivores ask “why?” but inside, they know the answer because everyone was a child once.

    Terris Linenbach says:
  • lunch time – and there’s a bacon roll with my name on it!

    yum says:
  • Brilliant! And brave, too, I guess. Nicely realized.

    ncberns says:
  • amazing.

    this is so poignant and drives home the horror with regards to the conditions that animals live in before they end up on your plate. or as your shoes.

    fundamentally there is so little that really seperates us from one another.

    lillie bliss says:
  • You are what you eat. I hope Kim’s pigs don’t get that idea, too.

    Garlic Man says:
  • Beautiful and touching. Thankfully for those of us that enjoy meat, there are local small farms that treat animals humanely.

    carnivwhore says:
  • Well, I am not an artist so I don’t see it’s amazing as other people said.

    I bet she is a vegetarian then, no meat, or hamburger… yes?

    Nhung says:
  • and they wondered where swine flu came from…

    that guy says:
  • Absolutely disgusting. Using animal’s misery for his own gratification. Sick

    Wayne says:
  • Hi Jane- the pigs have no tails because in close pens on factory farms they get bored as hell and chew each others tails- bit like biting your nails, but much much more bored.
    Don’t eat factory farmed meat- it tastes pretty poor anyway.
    Isn’t this great art though?.

    Riddly says:
  • As photography goes, I think this is a great series. It brings to the forefront many issues that are already being discussed on a small scale on this thread. I doubt that she’s using animal misery for her own gratification, for her own success, of course. But, she’s doing it with the intention of creating the possibility for conversation about these topics to occur. I think it’s quite successful.

    maivynator says:
  • Get a job.

    Jimbob says:
  • so gay…

    pinkrabbi says:
  • Pretty amazing. Well done for having the guts to do it.
    Makes you think.

    archic says:
  • wrong wrong wrong.

    surly says:
  • I bet she got some boils in some pretty embarrassing places!

    Katherine says:
  • she wants to be careful bending over like that…

    deeiva says:

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