Video Descption: Miru Kim shares her simple method to battle stress - take a mini vacation by stepping outside and finding something new - which is how she began discovering the underground tunnels and abandoned buildings that inspire her photography work.
Photo: Miru Kim "Freedom Tunnel" New York City
About the Artist: Miru Kim is a New York-based artist who has explored various urban ruins such as abandoned subway stations, tunnels, sewers, catacombs, factories, hospitals, and shipyards. She was featured as one of America's Best and Brightest 2007 in Esquire magazine. Her work has been spotlighted in various other media such as The New York Times, TED.com, The Financial Times, NY Arts Magazine, ARTE France, Ovation TV, Time Out New York, PopPhoto.com, The Korea Daily, La Stampa, Berlingske Tidende, VanityFair.de, and Dong-A Daily. Public collections of her work include Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.
Miru was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts in 1981 and was raised in Seoul, Korea. She moved back to Massachusetts in 1995 to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, and moved to New York City in 1999 to attend Columbia University. In 2006, she received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute.