© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

Ru Kim

Olho, Nariz, Boca, Ouvido, Testa, Queixo, Maçã do Rosto, Sobrancelha (Eye, Nose, Mouth, Ear, Forehead, Chin, Cheekbone, Eyebrow), 2022
Microfones, colunas, textos, XPS, gravação laser em painéis acrílicos, corda | Microphones, speakers, texts, XPS, laser engraving on acrylic panels, Manila rope
Courtesy of the artist

Ru Kim have developed a research around the agentivity of water, questionning the responsability of humans as bodies of water to other bodies of water. As Astrida Neimanis
notes, water itself has its own responsibilities to fulfill. This is the idea of hydro-logics - that water will fulfill its logics
of gestationality, of dissolution, of unknowability through the different bodies of water it lives through, including our own human bodies. Because water is not passive in the sense that it is a resource to solely be acted on. Water as understood through this hydrofeminist position connects
us throughout our shared violent histories of domination,
of colonialism, of extractivism, complicities of necropolitical government policies and institutions and of our differences throughout time and regions. In this installation, Ru Kim invite the public to perform different voices of water bodies. Those of the Han River, the river that crosses Seoul and its financial district and in which many traders commit suicide, victims of neoliberal pressure. Those of the Mediterranean Sea which receives the bodies of many refugees who try to reach Europe. Those of the Portuguese waters that fear the exploitation of lithium mines.