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Hayoun Kwon The Bird Lady

Winner of the Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo 2015

Thanks to a recollection that Daniel, a former drawing teacher, told her one day, Hayoun Kwon is offering us access to the imaginary world of a mysterious woman, nicknamed “The Bird Lady”.

Several of Hayoun Kwon’s pieces are linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. For example, the projects Model Village (2014) or 489 Years (2015), which she conceived as allusions to the no man’s land that separates the two Koreas, and Lack of Evidence (2011), a short film presenting the tale of a young asylum seeker from Nigeria confronted with the French administration. By regularly mixing in her work a documentary approach with the techniques of animated movies and new technologies, Hayoun Kwon interweaves facts and fiction, reality and virtuality, to question the complexity of the “real”.

Curator: Katell Jaffrès


From 14/06/2017 to 10/09/2017

Open every day except Tuesdays, from noon until 9pm.

Hayoun Kwon

Born in 1981 in Seoul, Hayoun Kwon lives between France and South Korea. Her work was projected during the “Cinéma du Réel” Festival at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) in 2014, and “Doc Fortnight” at MoMA (New York) in February 2017. Winner of the Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo in 2015, Hayoun Kwon has also been awarded the first Prize of the 62nd International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen, Germany, 2016), the Arte Creative Newcomer Award during the European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück, Germany, 2014) and the Prix Jeune Création in 2012. After graduating from Le Fresnoy in 2011, she is now represented by the Galerie Sator, Paris.

The prix des Amis benefits from the support of:

This exhibition also benefits from the support of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea ; Realtime Art ; Galerie Sator and from: