Born in Seoul, South of Korea, Esjieun Kim is a Paris-based architect and visual artist. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille (ENSBAM), after what she received her masters from Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture-Paris, obtaining a special mention for her Master Thesis with Sir Peter Cook and Ricardo de Ostos / “Visionary Architecture”.
Esjieun Kim’s international career has driven her to Paris, where she assisted Didier Faustino (2011/12); London – where she assisted Sir Peter cook and Ricardo de Ostos after graduation (2010/11); Fukuoka (Japan), where she was an artist in residence at Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA) (2012/13), being tutored by several famous artists like Joan Jonas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others; and in Brazil, where she participated in the residency program Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro (2014).
“My process connects a variety of forms: from experimental research to the concretization of ideas, the interaction between the art and architecture that allows us to come closer to other perspectives related to space and environment.
In my architecture, art plays a catalyst role, enriching our imagination (sensitive-intuitively). On the other hand, in my art, architecture is a vehicle or a medium of representation, a powerful engine to realize ideas in context. This is the way in which our imaginary universes become tangible.” Esjieun KIM