Art + Performance
"It all works, because it’s all truly Tora.”
- Richard Vine Managing Editor, ART IN AMERICA
In her 15+ years of creating performance and visual art based in New York City and Los Angeles, Tora Kim has worked with Marina Abramovic, Debbie Harry, John Zorn, Sally Silvers and Karen Finley, among others. Recently, the breadth and scope of her performance art has expanded to include the media of photography and film.
Her visual and performance art pieces are often connected by the common thread of ritual and storytelling. Using the tropes of costume, movement, mask, original text and the preciosity of personal effects, her work explores themes of trauma and dislocation that are often autobiographical in nature. Distinct from the conventional film acting approach, she utilizes a heightened state of theatrical performance to convey an audacity of feeling that connects to a core sense of pathos and outrage within a formal construct. Juxtaposing the personal with the political, the current and the primordial, her explorations strive to connect with the viewer through this personalization of archetypal symbols.
"Home Invasion" [performed at Automata, Los Angeles, 2017]
'Alarm Clock' 
'Baby, You're Mine' 
Van City Beats