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Arnolfini - est 1961

Artist Christine Sun Kim has been awarded a residency at Arnolfini as part of a joint commission in partnership with DASH as part of the IN (Disability Arts IN the Mainstream) project.

Christine Sun Kim is a visual artist who works with concepts around sound and visual language. Deaf from birth, Kim deals with sound as a medium that can be physically expressive, communicative, and experienced viscerally.

Working across conventions of American Sign Language (ASL), Kim investigates the identity of her own voice and her associations of sound as a deaf person. She asks audiences to consider the role that sound and listening have in building an experience of both inner and outer worlds and the way that touch can inform listening and language.

A new collection of her drawings, created for the exhibition at Arnolfini, will be on show in Gallery 5. 

During her residency in Bristol, Kim will create a new film installation work in Arnolfini’s intimate Dark Studio that explores the themes of language, sound and silence. This will be the first time that the artist has created a film work of this size and in a residency setting. 

The residency and exhibition will be complimented by an artist talk with Christine Sun Kim and a specialist panel discussion, focused on the relationships between language, sound and listening, followed by an evening showcase of performative works that have been inspired by the themes discussed.


Exhibition of drawings

Friday 20 March to Tuesday 5 May, 11am – 6pm, Gallery 5

Exhibition of film installation

Friday 24 April to Tuesday 5 May, 11am – 6pm, Dark Studio


Artist Talk with Christine Sun Kim – Friday 24 April, 7pm

Sound, Silence and Listening: An Afternoon Discussion and Performance Showcase  Saturday 25 April, 1-5pm

BSL Gallery TourSaturday 25 April, 12-12:45pm