Shiu Jin (1975-2019)

We are saddened by the news that on Friday 16 august 2019 artist Shiu Jin and his partner Joungmin Yi have passed away.

Shiu Jin was resident at the Rijksakademie in 2011 and 2012. In addition to his practice as an individual artist, he was founding member of Okin Collective, a three-member artist collective founded in 2009. Okin Collective focused its work on social issues associated with urban development in South Korea.

Shiu Jin’s individual work began with scattered words or sentences written in his notebook. They seemed to trace daily life, but unlike a diary the words didn’t have a distinct relation, nor do they followed linear time. When these ‘performative fragments’ were shaped into an imaginary narrative, they became an episode. In this process of conversion through experimental arrangements – creating drawings, photography, film or installations – he found a way to express the variable links between his words and his work.

Our hearts are with their families and friends.
(Former) residents, advisors and staff of the Rijksakademie.