Dae uk Kim

Unique sculpture, part of the series ‘Mutant’, 2020.

The project ‘Mutant’ aims to fulfil, explain and show his desires and dreams that have met obstructions, due to societal expectations of his gender.

Growing up in Korea, Dae always felt as if he was a mutant, an aberration from the heterosexual norm. He decided to turn shame into pride, by making mutants that proudly display his hitherto secret desires. As a man, he has always felt he is inferior in terms of beautification. So when he designing these mutant objects, he represent himself with objects that are usually considered uninteresting and inferior and mutate them into ones that are grandiose and superior.

‘Mutant’ consists of three objects (and video’s) based on his three desires. Each object tells the story of its desire. Objects are mutants that are created based on those desires.

Photo by Pierre Castignola.

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