Jane Jin Kaisen

Overview

Born in 1980 in Jeju Island, South Korea
Lives and works in Copenhagen

Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist, filmmaker, and Professor at the School of Media Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Spanning the mediums of video installation, narrative experimental film, photographic installation, performance, and text, Kaisen’s artistic practice is informed by extensive interdisciplinary research, longterm collaborations, and engagement with minority communities. She is known for her visually striking, multilayered, performative, poetic, and multi-voiced feminist works through which past and present are brought into relation. Engaging topics such as memory, migration, borders, and translation, she activates the field where lived experience and embodied knowledge intersect with larger political histories. Working from the thresholds of mediums and forms, disciplines and sensibilities, her works negotiate and mediate the means of representation, resistance, and recognition, thus contouring alternative genealogies and sites of collective emergence.

Kaisen is a recipient of the Beckett-Prize (2023), the New Carlsberg Foundation Artist Grant (2023) and a 3-year work grant from the Danish Arts Foundation (2022). She represented Korea at the 58th Venice Biennale with the film installation Community of Parting (2019) alongside artists Hwayeon Nam and siren eun young jeong in the exhibition History Has Failed Us, but No Matter curated by Hyunjin Kim and was awarded “Exhibition of the Year 2020” by AICA – International Association of Art Critics, Denmark for the exhibition Community of Parting at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Kaisen has participated in the biennials of Liverpool, Gwangju, Anren, Jeju, among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Jane Jin Kaisen: Braiding and Mending at The Image Centre (2023), Of Specters or Returns at Le Bicolore (2023), Currents at Fotografisk Center (2023) Parallax Conjunctures at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2021), Community of Parting at Art Sonje Center (2021) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2020). Recent group exhibitions and screenings: Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Honggah Museum, Between Waves, The Brooklyn Rail, Forest of Being Time, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2023), Dislocation Blues: Jane Jin Kaisen, Tate Modern (2023), Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2022), Checkpoint: Border view from Korea, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2022).

She holds a PhD in artistic research from the University of Copenhagen, Department of Art and Cultural Studies, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of California Los Angeles, an MA in Art Theory and Media Art from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and she participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Other exhibition and screening venues include: Kunsthal Aarhus, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, The National Museum of Photography (DK), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlinale International Film Festival, Times Art Center, Museum Ludwig, Videonale (DE), Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Gana Art New York, DePaul Art Museum (USA), ARKO Art Center, Seoul Museum of Art, Incheon Art Platform, Seoul New Media Art Festival, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Asia Culture Center, Coreana Museum of Art, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (KR), Silencio Club, Palais de Tokyo, Foundation Fiminco (FR), Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö Konsthall, Inter Arts Center, Kalmar Art Museum (SE), Sørlandet Art Museum and Oslo Kunstforening (NO), Finnish Museum of Photography (FN), ParaSite (HK), Kyoto Arts Center, Kyoto Museum of Art, Fukouka Museum of Art, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, (JP), Times Museum Guangzhou, Beijing 798 Art Zone (CN), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival (TW), Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (PH), The National Gallery (Indonesia), and Townhouse Gallery (EG).

https://janejinkaisen.com/

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born 1980, Jeju Island, South Korea,

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

EDUCATION

PhD, University of Copenhagen, Department of Art and Cultural Studies, 2021

MA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Art Theory / Department of Media Art, 2010

MFA, University of California Los Angeles, USA, Department of Art, Interdisciplinary Studio Area, 2010

The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, USA, 2007-08

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

esea contemporary, Halmang, Manchester, United Kingdom

Martin Asbæk Gallery, Halmang, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023

Le Bicolore, Of Specters or Returns, Paris, France

Fotografisk Center, Jane Jin Kaisen – Currents, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ryerson Image Centre, Braiding and Mending, Toronto, Canada

2022

SNF Parkway Theater, Community of Parting: Special Feature – Jane Jin Kaisen, Baltimore, USA

2021

The Pull of the Moon, duo exhibition with Guston Sondin-Kung, Art Space C, Jeju City, South Korea

Community of Parting, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea

Parallax Conjunctures, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, United States

2020

Of Specters or Returns, Gallery damdam, Korean Cultural Center, Germany

Community of Parting, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019

The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, Seoul International New Media Festival, Korea

2015

Of Specters – or Returns, Astrid Noack’s Atelier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Of Specters – or Returns, Inter Arts Center, Sweden

Sites of Translation, Yonsei University, Underwood International College, Korea

Loving Belinda, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

2013

Reiterations of Dissent, Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, Korea

Jane Jin Kaisen – Solo Exhibition, Art Space C, Korea

Revolution is not a Bird’s Ete View …, Officin, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012

Dissident Translations, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

2011

The Woman, The Orphan, and the Tiger w. Guston Sondin-Kung, Vox Populi Gallery, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FILM SCREENINGS

2023

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Forest of Being Time, Taipei, Taiwan

Martin Asbæk Gallery, Summer In The City, Copenhagen, Denmark

CPH:DOX, Burial of this Order, Cinema World Premiere, nominated New:Vision Award

Tate Modern, Dislocation Blues, London, United Kingdom

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

Brooklyn Rail, Between Waves, New York, United States

Le Silencio Club, Paris, March 18th, Special event, Burial of This Order

Musée d’Art De Joliette, Quebec, Contexts of Existence

Peabody Essex Museum in collaboration with Asian Art Museum, After Hope: Videos of Resistance

2022

3rd Jeju Biennale, Flowing Moon, Embracing Land

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World)

Arthub Film Club – Featuring Jane Jin Kaisen

Incheon Art Platform, Korean Diaspora – Ricepaper Airplane

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Checkpoint: Border View from Korea

A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger film screening

OCAC, Taiwan, Flowing Images/Weaving Time: Jane Jin Kaisen, Posak Jodian

Korean Cultural Center, Australia, Negotiating Borders

Or Gallery, Vancouver, Unmoored, Adrift, Ashore

Frequencies of Tradition film screening, Community of Parting, Little Roxie Theatre, San Francisco, USA

Korean Cultural Center, Sydney, Negotiating Borders

2021

Korean Cultural Center, Australia, Negotiating Borders

Chennai Photo Biennale, India, Maps of Disquiet

Kadist Ghosts from Afar – An Online Video Exhibition

Jeju Museum of Art, At the Same Time

Nieuw Dakota, Netherlands, Processing Space-Times

Berliner Festspiele, Germany, The New Infinity Cinema

Incheon Art Platform, Korea, Frequencies of Tradition

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan, Pan Austro-Nesian

Galleri Martin Asbæk, Denmark, Summer in the City

2020

Pan Austro-Nesian, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan

Frequencies of Tradition, Times Art Museum, China

Negotiating Borders, Foundation Fiminco, France

Community of Parting, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea

Community of Parting, 8th Diaspora Film Festival, Korea

Our World is Burning,  Palais de Tokyo, France

Born, A Woman, Suwon Museum of Art, Korea

Time Share, Performa Radical Broadcast, United States

History Has Failed Us, but No Matter, Arko Art Center, Korea

Screening of Community of Parting co-presented with GYOPO, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, United States

Precarious Life – Silence, Memory and Fictions, Onsugonggan, South Korea

2019

History Has Failed Us, But No Matter, 58th Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, Italy

Neither black/red/yellow nor woman, Times Art Center Berlin, Germany

Screening of Tale of One or Many Mountains, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea

Zero Gravity World, SeMA Nam Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea

2018

Counter Memory & Reconstruction of Body Movement, Seoul International NewMedia Festival, Seoul Art Cinema, South Korea

10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea

Decolonizing Appearance, CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen, Denmark

Film screening as part of Haegue Yang’s exhibition Voices of Dispersion, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Jeju 4.3 is Now Our History, National Museum of Contemporary Korean History, South Korea

Post Trauma: The Special Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of the Jeju Massacre, Jeju Museum of Art, South Korea

Forged from the Collective Memory, ArtSpace C / Artspace IAa Gallery, South Korea

Forum Expanded: A Mechanism Capable of Changing itself, 68th Berlin International Film Festival

2017

Border 155, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea

Today’s Yesterday, 1st Anren Biennale, China, Today’s Yesterday

Does Europe Exist? V2.0, ARTos Foundation, Cyprus

Tiempos Migratorios, Biennial ASAB, Columbia

The Promise and Compromise of Translation, Four Boxes Gallery, Denmark

Tourism, Jeju Biennale, Jeju Museum of Art, South Korea

Asian Diva: The Muse and the Monster, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Art Center at the Jim Thompson House, Thailand

2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany

2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, China

Nordic Delights, Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland

The Time Share Project – The Real DMZ Project: The Aarhus Edition, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, ParaSite, Hong Kong

Melancholia: Archipelago Journal screening of The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, Enclave, United Kingdom

Rough Trade, 68 Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nordic Delights, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Film screenings: The Woman, The Orphan, and the Tiger & Reiterations of Dissent, New York University, United States

Film screenings: The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger & Reiterations of Dissent, University of California San Diego, United States

House of Memories, Glasmoog, Raum Für Kunst & Diskurs, Cologne, Germany

Korea Film Archive, Feminism Video Artivist Biennale 2016, South Korea

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art From Denmark, Critical Distance Center for Curators, Canada

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Philippines

Vulnerability Matters Laboratory, Rauma Biennale Balticum, Finland

For More Than One Voice: performative reading with Stina Hasse, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark

ArtSpectrum, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, South Korea

Nordic Delights, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway

The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, New York University, Department of East Asian Studies, USA

2015

The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, Husets Biograf, Copenhagen, Denmark

A Feminist Culture Reader, Danske Grafikeres Hus, Denmark

Interrupted Survey: Fractured Modern Mythologies, Asian Culture Center, South Korea,

Glocal Panorama, Seoul International NewMedia Festival, South Korea

Los Archivos del Cuerpo, Emerson College Huret & Spector Gallery, United States

Reiterations of Dissent, Raindance Film Centre, London, United Kingdom

Reiterations of Dissent, AAS Film Expo, Chicago, United States

Rencontres Internationales video archive, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany

Arkiv over Hvidme, The National Gallery of Denmark – The Royal Cast Collection, Denmark

2014

Reiterations of Dissent selected as opening film, Seoul International NewMedia Festival, South Korea

Exclusion + Possibility, Gallery Zandari, South Korea

Camelia Has Fallen: Contemporary Korean Artists Reflect on the Jeju Uprising, Sonoma County Museum of Art, United States

2013
Women Commentators, Center for contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland

Tell Me Her Story, Coreana Museum, South Korea

The Beginning is Always Today: Contemporary Feminist Art in Scandinavia, Sørlandet Art Museum, Norway

War Baby/Love Child, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience & DePaul Art Museum, United States

Visualising Affect, Lewisham Arthouse, United Kingdom

Strom Festival, Kunsthaus Rheania, Germany

The Nordic Model, Malmo Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden

Dear Curator, Curate Me, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Indonesia

War Baby / Love Child, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, United States

Korean American Film Festival New York, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, United States

2012

7 Generous Gestures, Galleri Lars Olsen, Denmark

Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

ENTER II, Kunsthallen Brandts, Denmark, ENTER II

Videonale13 Festival for Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

FOKUS Video Art Festival, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

IN THE ACT, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, IN THE ACT

ACTS, Roskilde Museum for Contemporary Art, Denmark

3 films by Jane Jin Kaisen, Øst For Paradis Cinema, Aarhus, Denmark

Videonale13 Festival for Contemporary Art, Ars Cameralis, Poland

Videonale13 Festival for Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow, Scotland

Videonale13 Festival for Contemporary Art, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany

Korean American Film Festival New York, United States

Jeju International Women’s Film Festival, South Korea

Island of Stone shown as closing film, Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, South Korea

2010

Crossing the Sea, Jeju National Museum, South Korea

MFA2010, The Wight Gallery, UCLA, United States

Infr’acton Festival International d’art Performance, Sete, France

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan

Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan

The Dialogic Imagination, IASPIS, Sweden

2009

2nd Incheon Women Artists Biennale, South Korea

EXIT09, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Boarding Bridges, Kring Gallery, South Korea

Migrations, Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata, Greece

Borders, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York, United States

2nd Asian Women’s Film Festival Berlin, Germany

25th International Asia Pacific Film Festival Los Angeles, United States

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan

2008

Breaking Out, Gana Art Gallery New York, United States

The last Book Project, Buenos Aires National Library, Argentina

2nd Deformes Biennial, Gallery Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile

Unnamable Name, Tompkin’s County Public Library, New York, United States

Privilege Walk, Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden

This is not a Koreanobela: a film trilogy, The Green Papaya Gallery, Philippines

2007

Traces in Photography, The National Museum of Photography, Denmark

Orientity Exhibition, Gallery La Centrale, Montreal, Canada

Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, New York University, United States

Visions from the Periphery, Kyunghee University Art Museum, South Korea

2006

South Korea as part of UFOlab: UFOlab Banana Power, 6th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

Rethinking Nordic Colonialism, The Faroe Islands National Art Museum

Alternative Art Fair, Gallery Pixel, Denmark

Global Alien Television, Ssamzie Space, South Korea

International Indonesia Performance Art Event, National Gallery, Indonesia

4th DaDao Live Art Festival, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

International Film and Video Festival, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

Malmo International Film Festival, Sweden

2005

Accent, Museum for Contemporary Art Roskilde, Denmark

Skin Deep, Echo Park Film Center, United States

Bandits-Mages International Media Festival, Bourges, France

2004

AREUM Vessel, Kyoto Museum of Art, Japan

Orientity Exhibition, Kyoto Arts Center, Japan

Our adoptee, Our Alien, Keumsan Gallery & Dongsanbang Gallery, South Korea

Minority Report, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark

 

SELECTED ARTWORKS/FILMS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS & LIBRARIES

Art Sonje Center, KR

Ny Carlsbergfondet, DK

LACMA / Asian Art Museum, USA

Kadist Foundation, USA/FR

The Danish Arts Foundation, DK

Malmö Art Museum, SE

Jeju Museum of Art, KR

Statens Museum for Kunst, DK

Seoul Museum of Art, KR

Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, KR

AWARDS

The Beckett Prize (2023)

New Carlsberg Foundation Artist Grant (2023)

3-Year Work Grant, The Danish Arts Foundation (2022)

AICA – Association of Art Critics Denmark – Art Critics Price, “Exhibition of the Year 2020”

The Danish Arts Foundation, exhibition award for the exhibition Community of Parting at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2020

Montana ENTERPRIZE,Kunsthallen Brandts, DK, 2011 (Jury: Chus Martinez, Dirk Luckow, Åsa Nacking)

AHL Foundation’s 5th Annual Juried Competition, Gana Art New York, 2008 (Jury: Robert Belind, Nathalie Angles, Heng-Gil

Han).