For her first solo exhibition in Tokyo, Seoul-based artist Kim Siyeon brings her home to Gallery Foil in the form of photographs of installations that she created inside her house. Though she is known as an installation artist, the delicate nature of Kim’s work and its location, which is an important element to her pieces, has meant that the public have only seen this “Barricade” series in 2-D form.

Photography, however, provides an aptly quiet and beautiful presentation of Kim’s very personal work. We see installations built in rooms of her home, constructed from everyday household objects such as egg shells, bars of soap, glasses, delicately composed blocks of salt, even birth-control pills. Intimate and fragile — one sneeze and each “barricade” would surely tumble down — Kim’s works convey a sense of anxiety, isolation and melancholy.

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