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“The Year Of The Woman”: Announcing the second artist in residence

Our new artist in residence and the second artists of “The Year Of The Woman” has now moved into the gallery.

Originally from South Korea artist AHN SUN MI now lives and works in Paris.

Awarded in 2013 as one of the top ten photographers in South Korea Ahn Sun Mi’s work has been exposed at Carousel de Louvre and Grand Palais in Paris as well as at acclaimed Asian art venues such as Art Stage Singapore and Korea International Art Fair.

Read more about AHN SUN MI and her solo exhibition MULTIFACETED below.

The solo exhibition MULTIFACETED will be open to public from May 14th through June 2015

at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.

Thursday -­ Friday 12:00PM -­ 7:00PM,Saturday -­ Sunday 12:00PM -­ 6:00PM.

After the huge success representing TALI LENNOX for her first solo exhibition, Catherine Ahnell Gallery continues “The Year Of The Woman” by announcing the second artist in residence of the year: South Korean, Paris based artist, AHN SUN MI. The exhibition ​Multifaceted​, which will open on May 13th 2015 and run through June 14th 2015, marks the US debut of Ahn Sun Mi’s surrealistic photographic self portraits in the form of a solo exhibition.

With the goal of establishing a career as a fashion photographer, Busan, South Korea born Ahn Sun Mi moved to France in 2004 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. Arriving in France became a turning point in Sun Mi’s artistic path as she experienced a strong sense of isolation being a stranger to a new country. Ahn Sun Mi started to use photography as a way to investigate her identity and the distance between her inner self and her appearance, as she was finding herself lost between.”I wanted to understand myself, [but] at the same time I didn’t want to escape reality,” says Ahn Sun Mi, “I felt like a child inside but who acted like a grown up.”

Sun Mi started to see her work as a space for transition and exploration where time stood still. A space between childhood and adulthood, between dream and reality. Her work became an artistic laboratory where she questioned life and caught up with time. A constant communication with a child, afraid of leaving the haven of childhood, passing a gap to discover its femininity -­ her work can be described as surrealistic self portraits between childhood and sensuality.

Ahn Sun Mi’s 2008 debut in Paris was a huge success with the exhibition selling out on its opening day. Her work consists of conceptual photo collages with all photos taken by the artist -­ including those of herself. By revealing her own fears, viewers are invited to to reflect on their fragility and inner landscapes of imagination. Her work manages to exist on the sidelines of time observing us as we constantly visit our childhood to source references and evolve as human beings in relation to our surroundings.

Sometimes dreamy, sometimes bright and colorful, Sun Mi’s interest in philosophy and early passion for animation transmits through her work. Discovering the work of Rene Magritte gave her the final push to develop her work in the surrealistic direction that it is recognized for today.

-­-­-­ For one month prior to the exhibition’s opening Sun Mi will live within the gallery, transforming the space itself into an art studio wherein Sun Mi will not only live but also produce the works for the upcoming exhibition for the purpose of allowing collectors and media the ability to understand the artist’s work and process. The month-­long resdency will be followed by a one-­month solo exhibition of the art created within the space. -­-­-­

AHN SUN MI Ahn Sun Mi was born in 1982 in Busan, South Korea. She discovered photography at the age of 15 and committed to photography studies in 2001 at Kyung Sung University. Sun Mi left Korea for France in 2004 to pursue her studies at Academy of Fine Arts Paris -­ Cergy. A sold out exhibition at AAF in Paris has been followed by multiple exhibitions and art fair appearances in France, England, Switzerland, and Belgium, as well as China, South Korea, and Singapore. Sun Mi’s work has been featured at leading art forums including Carrousel de Louvre, Grand Palais and Art Stage Singapore.

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