Kim Schoen's photographs and video installations experiment with the rhetorics of display. Her investigations take on a perspective both absurd and exact. She renders vulnerable the aggressive monuments and artifacts of the commercial landscape, mining the anxieties of the individual as it experiences the loss of the relevance of its physical body—that which is singular and irreplaceable—within a culture of exchangeability.
Re-working both visual and linguistic forms of rhetoric, Schoen also explores the malleability of speech, its translation into texts and images and back again. In her performative and experimental texts, mono-prints, photographs and video pieces, the blank repetition of consumer culture collides with literary influences, forming a more complex picture and linking image to body in a space where they can no longer be separated.
Schoen received her M.F.A. in photography from CalArts in 2005 and her Masters in Philosophy from the photography department at The Royal College of Art in London in 2008. Recent exhibitions of her work include A Voyage Around My Room (Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin),
A Man Asleep (LM Projects, Los Angeles), Trust Fall (The Whitechapel Gallery, London). Her work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and her essay "The Serial Attitude Redux" was published in X-TRA, Quarterly for Contemporary Art (Winter 2010/Volume 12.) Schoen is the co-founder and editor of MATERIAL,
a journal of texts by visual artists.