Seunggu Kim lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his BFA in photography from Sangmyung University, and MFA in visual art from Korea National University of Arts. He would like to describe how we are living. He thought photography could show our ‘real world’. He wanted to balance the unnatural elements in the rectangle frame and describe that we are getting used to the social ironies of reality.


Select recent milestones include: Information, Aperture Foundation, Ten by Ten, Houston FotoFest; Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition; Korean Photographer’s Fellowship of the year, KT&G; The Finalist of 2018 Art Photography, Lens Culture; Supported Artist of 2019 Solo Exhibition, Filter Space; The Korea Society, Aperture Gallery, and The UPI Gallery in New York; Filter Space in Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland; Laney Contemporary Fine Art in Savannah; Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing


His new book, BAM ISLET, was published by KT&G Sangsangmadang in 2019.


2012      M.F.A in School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Korea

2007      Department of Photography, Sangmyung University, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2019      Bam Islet, KT&G Sangsangmadang Gallery, Seoul

2019      Better Days, Filter Space, Chicago

2019      Better Days, The Korea Society, New York

2018      A Day Trip, Artbit Gallery, Seoul

2017      Better Days, SongEun ArtStorage: White Cube Project, Seoul

2017      City of Glass, BMW Photo Space, Busan

2016      Envisaged in a dream, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

2015      A List of Landscapes, SongEun Art Cube, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020      Information, Fotografiska, New York

2020      BBA Photography Prize, BBA Gallery, Berlin

2020      Ten by Ten, The Silos, FotoFest, Houston

2020      Edition VI, Contour Gallery, Rotterdam

2019      KT&G SKOPF Artist of the year, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan

2019      Beyond Boundaries, Aperture Gallery, New York

2019      Format International Photography Festival, Quad, Derby

2019      Greetings from South Korea, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

2019      Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK

2019      Aint-Bad: Collaborations, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah 

2019      Need/Want, 72 Gallery, Tokyo

2019      Need/Want, The UPI Gallery, New York

2019      Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast

2019      PhotoIreland, The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Dublin

2019      Need/Want, No. 3, 4 Warehouse, Taipei

2018      Ring Ring Belt, Donuimun Open Creative Village, Seoul

2018      Jimei X Arles Photo Festival, Xiamen

2018      Role-playing: Rewriting Mythologies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu

2017      Gyeonggi Art Prism 2017, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

2016      50X50, Art Sonje, Seoul

2015      Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul

2015      Our Happy day, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul


Awards(with Grants)

2020      Summer Open Artist, Aperture Foundation

2020      Open Call_First Prize, Life Framer

2019      Ten by Ten, Houston FotoFest

2019      Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition

2019      Ones to Watch, British Journal of Photography 

2019      Fund for Korean Art Abroad, Korea Arts Management Service, Seoul    

2018      Korean Photographer's Fellowship-Final Artist of the year, KT&G Sangsangmadang

2018      Selected as a 'Supported Artist of 2019 Solo Exhibition', Filter Space, Chicago

2018      Finalist of 2018 Art Photography Awards, Lens Culture, Amsterdam

2018      Selected as an Artist for Funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

2017      Solo Exhibition Support Award, GoEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Busan

2016      Selected as an Artist for funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

2014      Solo Exhibition Support Award, SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul

Public Collection

2020      Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US

2020      KT&G Sangsangmadang, Korea

2018      National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art​, Art Bank, Korea

2017      Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art​, Korea

2017      GoEun Photo Museum, Korea

2010      Dong-gang Photo Museum, Korea


2014 -    Part-time Instructor, Korea National University of Arts

2012     한국예술종합학교 미술원 조형예술과 예술전문사 졸업

2007     상명대학교 사진학과 졸업


2019     <밤섬>, KT&G 상상마당 갤러리, 서울

2019     <Better Days>, Filter Space, 시카고

2019     <Better Days>, The Korea Society, 뉴욕

2018     <A Day Trip>, 아트비트 갤러리, 서울

2017     <Better Days>, 송은 수장고: 화이트 큐브 프로젝트, 서울

2017     <유리의 성>, BMW Photo Space, 부산

2016     <꿈에 그린>, 탈영역 우정국, 서울

2015     <풍경의 목록>, 송은아트큐브, 서울


2020     <Information>, Fotografiska, 뉴욕

2020     <BBA Photography Prize>, BBA Gallery, 베를린

2020     <Ten by Ten>, The Silos, 포토페스트, 휴스턴

2020     <Edition VI>, Contour Gallery, 로테르담

2019     <KT&G SKOPF Artist of the year>, 고은사진미술관, 부산

2019     <Beyond Boundaries>, Aperture Gallery, 뉴욕

2019     <Format International Photography Festival>, Quad, 더비

2019     <Greetings from South Korea>, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, 북경

2019     <Photo London>, Somerset House, 런던

2019     <Aint-Bad: Collaborations>, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, 사바나 

2019     <Need/Want>, 72 Gallery, 도쿄

2019     <Need/Want>, The UPI Gallery, 뉴욕

2019     <Belfast Photo Festival>, 벨파스트

2019     <PhotoIreland>, The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, 더블린

2019     <Need/Want>, No. 3, 4 Warehouse, 타이페이

2018     <Ring Ring Belt>, 돈의문 박물관 마을, 서울

2018     <Jimei X Arles Photo Festival>, 샤먼   

2018     <역할극: 신화 다시쓰기>, 대구사진비엔날레, 대구

2017     <경기 아트 프리즘 2017>, 경기도 미술관, 경기

2016     <50X50>, 아트선재, 서울

2015     <Summer Love>, 송은아트스페이스, 서울

2015     <기쁜 우리 좋은 날>, 서울시립북서울미술관, 서울


선 정

2020     Summer Open Artist, Aperture Foundation

2020     Open Call_First Prize, Life Framer

2019     Ten by Ten, 휴스턴 사진비엔날레

2019     Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition

2019     Ones to Watch, British Journal of Photography 

2019     해외기관 초청, 협력 전시 지원, 예술경영지원센터

2018     제11회 KT&G 상상마당 한국사진가 지원프로그램 SKOPF 올해의 최종 작가

2018     필터스페이스 전시작가, 필터스페이스, 시카고

2018     2018 Art Photography Awards-Finalist, 렌즈컬처, 암스테르담

2018     서울문화재단 예술작품지원 전시작가, 서울문화재단

2017     BMW포토스페이스 전시작가, 고은문화재단

2016     서울문화재단 예술작품지원 전시작가, 서울문화재단

2014     송은아트큐브 전시작가, 송은문화재단

소 장

2020     시카고 현대사진미술관

2020     KT&G 상상마당 갤러리

2018     국립현대미술관 정부미술은행

2017     경기도 미술관

2017     고은사진미술관

2010     동강사진박물관

강 의

2014 -   한국예술종합학교 조형예술과 강사