Past Exhibition

when the body becomes dust and settles around you

Cecilia Kim

June 24–July 29, 2023

The works presented in this exhibition are embedded with Cecilia Kim’s lived experiences, including the recent passing of her grandparents. Through ethereal multi-channel videos, installations, and prints on paper, Kim contemplates homegoings, remembrance, mourning, and living in the wake of loss. To offer broader context for her latest work, she shares the following:

“My grandfather’s passing was kept secret from my grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and cancer until she too passed away. The news reached me from abroad, and my ability to mourn was stunted—stifled by the distance. The exhibition’s title emerged during a phone call with a friend, following my grandmother’s death, in which my friend shared, “When a person dies, their body goes back to atoms. And those same atoms may rejoin the objects that surround you.”


Cecilia Kim (b. Seoul, South Korea) earned her MFA in Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2021), and BFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2017).


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Artist talk video

Opening reception
Saturday, June 24, 5pm

Essays on Art

Hiba Ali