Bio & Resumé

Miru Kim is a New York-based artist and explorer. Her first photography series, “Naked City Spleen” takes place in urban ruins such as abandoned subway stations, tunnels, sewers, catacombs, factories, and shipyards. Her next series, “The Pig That Therefore I am” features herself mingling with pigs in industrial hog farms to explore the relationship between humans and animals, using skin as the transition point from the inner self to the world at large. Her latest series, “The Camel’s Way” follows her journey in deserts around the world, including the Arabian Desert, the Sahara in Algeria and Mali, Thar in India, and the Gobi Desert in Mongolia where she lived with desert nomads, slept in caves, and photographed herself with camels. She has actually settled in the Arabian desert for a couple of years as an experiment, and the documentation of her daily life can be seen on the blog and her Instagram account.

Miru was featured as one of America’s Best and Brightest 2007 in Esquire magazine, her work has been highlighted by The New York Times, The New York Times Style Magazine,, The Financial Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair Germany, CNN Turkey, Monthly Art Magazine Korea, and countless other international publications and online media. Her work is now in public collections including The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Hanmi Photography Museum, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Borusan Contemporary Turkey, and Hana Bank; and has been shown in various galleries, museums, and prestigious art fairs world-wide. She is an avid cook and an animal lover.