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Kim Ye

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Kim Ye (all pronouns, b, 1984 Beijing, China) is a Chinese American multi-disciplinary artist whose research based practice encompasses performance, sculpture, video, installation, text, and social engagement. She received her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles (2012); and BA from Pomona College in Claremont, California (2007).


Their work engages gendered constructions around power, labor, and taboo by activating the artist/viewer dynamic to create moments of authenticity, intimacy and exchange. Remixing appropriated forms from popular culture with media from personal archives, the work seeks to describe the entanglement between private spaces of desire and fantasy, and collective movements in migration and ideology. Ye has exhibited, screened, and performed widely nationally and internationally at institutions such as The Getty, The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA), Wattis Institute, Hammer Museum, Banff Center for Arts, Material Art Fair, and Frieze Film Seoul among others. She has worked professionally as a dominatrix since 2011, and has been on the board of Sex Workers Outreach Project Los Angeles (SWOPLA) since 2019. He co-founded Widgets Etc. artist space in Los Angeles, and co-hosts Boundary Issues on KChung Radio.