getting intimate within the forgotten spaces of the city

Miru Kim is a NY  artist who photographs herself naked in derelict buildings and tunnels of the world’s cities.  Immersion! Dirty feet! Cuts and scrapes from rusty metal, broken glass, used medical equipment: would that I had the courage to be in the world like this.  What could be yet another study of the female nude in landscape becomes a study of vulnerability in the forgotten, dirty spaces of the world.

This is the human counterpart to plants growing up through the cracks: naked, without a country or social coding, lightly wandering the world beneath the world.

A Ted talk video opens in new window:

Her website is


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