Jae Hwan Lim | 임재환

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA | Master of Fine Arts | Expected graduation 2020 | Graduate Committee Members (UCLA Professors): Andrea Fraser (Committee Chair), Rodney McMillian, Silke Otto-Knapp, Barbara Kruger

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio | 2017

Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea | International Summer Institute—Department of Political Science and International Relations | 2016

Based in Los Angeles, CA for research under UCLA
 

Jae Hwan Lim is a politically driven artist-activist focusing on human rights and the struggles for democracy in South and North Korea. Creating social practice projects, installations, and performances that illuminate violence in society and politics, Lim is currently a Master of Fine Arts degree candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles—UCLA.

Lim is the founder and director of Humans of North Korea (HNK), an organization that advocates for North Korean defectors in the United States and for global citizenship. He currently serves as an advisor at the Republic of Korea’s The National Unification Advisory Council and board member at the Seoul City Youth Policy Network’s Education/Culture Department; he was delegate of the Northwestern University Conference for Human Rights and Art-Uni-On artist, a fellowship sponsored by Hyundai Motors and Seoul National University.

Lim has exhibited in a forum for an International NGO, Global Network for Rights and Development in Stavanger, Norway; Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea; Mana Contemporary in Chicago, IL; University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies in Chicago, IL; Broad Art Center and Kerckhoff Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and University of Helsinki, Finland.


임재환은 대한민국과 북한에서 민주주의적 자유를 제한하고 드러나지 않은 인권 폭력과 관료주의를 비판하는 행동주의 예술가다. 그는 현재 캘리포니아대학교 로스엔젤로스 캠퍼스—UCLA에서 Interdisciplinary Studio (학제적 예술) 석사과정을 수료중이며, 사회참여예술 (social practice)과 설치, 퍼포먼스를 통해 사회-정치에서 일어나는 사건들을 작품에 담아낸다.

작가는 미주 탈북자의 정착을 돕고 세계 시민권을 지지하는 단체 Humans of North Korea (HNK)의 창립자이다. 현재 대한민국 민주평화통일자문회의 위원과 서울청년정책네트워크 (문화분과) 청년위원으로 활동 중이다. 과거 미국 노스웨스턴 대학교 인권 학회 대표와 현대자동차와 서울대학교에서 주최하는 Art-Uni-On Fellowship 작가 등을 지냈으며, 국제 비정부 회의기구인 노르웨이 스트라방게르 인권 포럼 Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), 서울 토탈 미술관, 미국 시카고 Mana Contemporary, 시카고 대학교 동아시아 연구관, 미국 로스엔젤로스 Broad Art Center, Kerckhoff Art Gallery, 그리고 핀란드 헬싱키 대학교에서 전시했다.