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Gimhongsok, Mr. Kim, 2012, resin, pants, sneakers, 69 5/8 x 49 1/4 x 18 1/8".

Gimhongsok

PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art

Gimhongsok, Mr. Kim, 2012, resin, pants, sneakers, 69 5/8 x 49 1/4 x 18 1/8".

The Korean artist Gimhongsok garnered a huge amount of attention from the press for his 2008–2009 solo exhibition at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, and his exposure reached well beyond the arts section. This was largely due to his notorious opening performance, Post-1945, 2008, for which he hired a prostitute to act like an “ordinary” visitor to the gallery, offering a cash prize to anyone who could identify her. His title suggested that the performance was meant as a satirical commentary on the capitalist ethos of postwar Korea, in which all human relations are mediated by monetary exchange.

The project, however, infuriated both feminists and human-rights activists, who picketed the gallery. They claimed that by publicly exposing the woman’s status as a sex worker, Gimhongsok had taken advantage of a socially underprivileged working-class woman in order to promote his reputation as

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