The Red Liquid and Narcissus

Presented at Nevan Contempo, 2017

Solo exhibition, publication (EN/CZ) and talks


The Red Liquid and Narcissus draws an imaginary line between plutocracy and narcissism. The exhibition visualizes different parallels – in space, through mirroring and framing physical elements; in time, reflecting on the historical events that grounded our present, and in the body, exploring the flesh and bone that structures our political universe.

The exhibition was conceived from the hypothesis that death of the self and others is tactically “concealed” by hegemonies to control their societies and maintain power. In this light, narcissism acts as an analogy for how we present and observe our bodies. The focus of the work gradually transited from the projected body to a dive into the pulsating and mortal body. Within the exhibition, the iconography of Narcissus is reenacted by an independent figure who observes the alteration of human body. Seen through lenses that are attached to limbs or penetrate into organs, it reveals the link of biotechnological enhancement to warfare.


Sylbee Kim, Diagram of Concealment, 2017



The Red Liquid and Narcissus, 2017 (붉은 액과 나르키소스)
2-channel video, 4K, color, sound, 4’50”, 3’40”; jellies, sponges, moss, watercolor, mirror
Performer: Louise Guigon


Osteoarterial Joints, 2017 (골동맥관절)
Jellies, polymer clay
Dimensions variable


Anthropocentric Brain, 2017 (인간 중심주의 뇌)
Isomalt sugar, plastic, Styrofoam, metal
22 x 22 x 26 cm


The Motor Functions of a Praying Heart, 2017 (기도하는 마음의 운동기능)
Plastic, plaster, resin, balloons, net tube, wire
40 x 40 x 65 cm


Miracle Molecule Model, 2017 (기적분자 모형)
Resin, plaster, metal mesh, yarn, fishing thread, rubber cord
30 x 25 x 20 cm



Performer Louise Guigon
Script, cinematography, sound, editing, direction and objects by Sylbee Kim

Curated by Christina Gigliotti
Translation Vítek Bohal
Graphic design and font Jan Horčík
Photography Peter Fabo, Sylbee Kim
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Prague City Hall

Special thanks to Chieko Idetsuki, Sungeun Kim, Gahee Park, Nicolas Pelzer



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