Soni Kum is an interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan as a third generation Korean. She grew up in North Korean Community in Japan and obtained South Korean citizenship in 2006. She works in a variety of mediums including film and video, installation, performance, writing, photography, drawing and dance. Her early artworks attempt to shed light on fragmented pieces of darkened history and realign itself into more complex and personal storytelling.
After working for activist art projects with North Korean migrants in South Korea for several years, she begun to explore the theme of ritual in her performance/ installation works. Her ongoing art project is to transform the relationship between living and dying in contemporary society by attaining ultimate healing within ourselves.
Soni Kum received a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in the United States in 2005 and Doctor in Fine Arts from Tokyo University of Arts in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art spaces and film festivals around the world, which include USA, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Philippines, China, Cuba, UK, and Myanmar. She has taught in several universities in South Korea for 4 years since 2011 and received Excellent Lecturer Award from Yonsei University. Currently she was based in London from April 2016 till march 2017 as part of an artist in residency funded by the Pola Art Foundation, Japan.