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Kim Farkas

Each sculpture is the extension of the one before it: I like to take the same models to transform them and infuse new ideas<;

For several years, Franco-American artist Kim Farkas has been working on the inner world of objects and their inevitable transformation. Thanks to various installations that borrow from tuning or cosplay, he bears witness to his Peranakan heritage while exploring the process of mutation. 

Published on 28/12/2021

5 min

Born in 1988, Kim Farkas is a Franco-American artist of Peranakan origin now living in Paris. After studying at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des Métiers d'Arts, and obtaining a fine arts degree in Paris, he went regularly to the P2F workshop. In 2012, he founded the Holoholo publishing house in collaboration with Naoki Sutter-Shudo. He won the Prix Venet the same year, then took part in numerous collective exhibitions, like Bassin Caresse at Passage Lathuille in Paris. In 2014, he showcased his installations at exhibitions like Plus jamais seul (Never alone again) at the Kandinsky Library in the Centre Pompidou, The Office at ACL Partners, and Matchmakingat the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA).

Represented by the Downs & Ross Gallery in New York, he has been promoting his productions internationally for several years. In his determination to stratify composite materials, he fabricates distinct universes thanks to work on transparency and research into the inner world of objects.

Very eclectic in his choice of installations, Kim Farkas interweaves various disciplines blending tuning, cosplay, and hacking. Attached to his cultural heritage, he works on the pursuit of power, which is revealed in the forms and materials used. At the heart of a political and spiritual exploration, he portrays the mechanisms on which capitalism is based. His meticulous and skilful works probe the transformation process of things, shared between their own existence and their obligation to change. 

In sculptures representing automobiles or personalised bowls of ramen, he imagines the inevitable metamorphosis animating the objects. He tells the story of the birth of hybrid forms within this modification of materials, where technology and flesh must shed their skins to adapt to their environment. 

After showcasing his installations around the world, Kim Farkas recently held exhibitions at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, at the Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, at Utopian Visions in Portland, and at the u’s gallery in Calgary. For his latest project, Dondang Sayang, he is developing a set of sound sculptures inspired by Peranakan culture. 

From the name given to the sung poetry in Peranakan culture, Dondang Sayang narrates the gradual disappearance of this ethnicity during the 1970s. The artist will place an audio recording taken from Singapore inside shells made of transparent resin to breathe life back into Peranakan heritage. 

  • 2012

    2012

    Kim Farkas founds his Holoholo publishing house in collaboration with Naoki Sutter-Shudo.

  • 2014

    2014

    He showcases his installations at exhibitions like "Plus jamais seul" at the Kandinsky Library in the Centre Pompidou, and Matchmaking at the ENSBA.

  • 2021

    2021

    He exhibits "Permaculture" at Downs & Ross in New York.

  • 2022

    2022

    Kim Farkas creates "Dondang Sayang", an installation dedicated to Peranakan culture.

The Institut français and the artist

Kim Farkas benefited from the support of the Institut français, as part part of the Résidences Sur Mesure Plus+ programme, to develop his project Dondang Sayang in Singapore. 

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