Artist - Kaimin
In today’s multitasking, multihyphenated generation, Kaimin, the South Korean-born polymath stands alone. Working as conceptual artist, creative and visual director, designer, film director and actress in her homeland and in the West; she traverses different mediums as effortlessly as she crosses cultural boundaries. Perhaps this is down to her unceasing need to communicate her message, proclaiming, “My work is never derived to deliver a specific message to people but it’s a natural extension of my interests and motivations - it's closer to delivering a message to myself.” For Kaimin, the potency of her work comes in the balance of Yin and Yang, obsessed as she is with creating harmony between two opposites.
It was her move to New York which helped catalyze her uncompromising aesthetic and where her seemingly limitless ability to innovate ideas started getting her noticed. Styling prestigious campaigns and arresting editorials for major magazines like Arena Homme +, Vogue, and W brought Kaimin to work with the premier image makers in the industry: people like Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth, Terence Koh, Karl Templer, Steven Klein and Inez & Vinoodh. Working with these titans and immersing herself in the city’s avant-garde culture left an indelible impression on Kaimin – fragments that would ultimately become the foundation of her current DNA. Now out on her own, she seeks to repay the inspiration she’s received by becoming an eye for finding the next generation of pioneers.
As for the future, nothing less than a continued search for the new and desire to break down boundaries and hierarchies will do. “As much as I like to communicate with people through my work, I never expect a definite answer. I enjoy the variety of reactions - what matters most is that they felt something. My hope for my art and future is simple - infinite challenges and experiments that combine both tried methods and innovative technologies to uncover new vision, support upcoming talent, and build an inclusive creative empire.”
Clothing brand - KAIMIN
Kaimin’s close ties with the fashion world and her natural state of curiosity has seen her create a clothing line titled KAIMIN. With KAIMIN, she finds her fullest expression through the medium of fabric and the results are defiantly unconventional and daring yet positively sensual. In her search for ‘extreme beauty’, Kaimin explores ideas of fetishism, eroticism and sadomasochism through clothes that dissect and distort the human physique, challenging accepted standards of what clothing should do for the body.
KAIMIN uses innovative, high-tech materials to thrust elements of subculture & punk into the future for a surreal demeanor, which is sensually-supercharged yet delicate & feminine.
With an inclusive vision, Kaimin intentionally de-emphasizes gender boundaries, allowing her signature love for abstraction & primeval sexuality to come to the fore in a playful way.