Kakim Goh - Visual Artist & Curator
I’m always thinking about things I have to do, things I haven’t done, things I did but should have done in a different way, and it’s hard to live without regrets or anxiety. So I think one great thing about the creative process is when you’re able to arrive at the moment when all of that disappears...
Kakim Goh is a Singaporean-born Montreal-based contemporary visual artist and curator who creates interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations.
Born into a family of artists, Kakim’s father was a poet, doctor and nightclub owner whose wanderlust spread Kakim’s youth across Singapore, Malaysia, Vancouver and Cowhead, Newfoundland.
At the age of 19, Kakim left Vancouver for Mexico where he studied oil painting, drawing and printmaking processes for 5 years in the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende. Upon his return to Canada, he complemented his training with a BFA (Major in Painting and Drawing with distinction) from Concordia University in Montreal.
Kakim has been exhibiting in Canada and Mexico since 1993. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and performances in Quebec, most notably at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), the OBORO New Media Laboratory and la Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. His artworks can be found in private collections in Canada, the United States, Singapore, Mexico, and Chile.
He currently serves as the Curator of the Visual Arts Program and Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Festival Accès Asie, (an arts festival dedicated to promoting Asian arts, histories and cultures in Quebec), where he leads a team of university student volunteers, organizing international visual arts exhibitions, professional development workshops and cultural mediation activities for new immigrants and aboriginal peoples. He is also in charge of developing special project collaborations with business, cultural and government institutions such as the Embassy of Mongolia to Canada.
Kakim lives with his daughter Xian in Montreal.