What is artistic research? Which are the material and immaterial aspects that constitute contemporary art practices? Within the context of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence siren eun young jung addresses the process of artistic research that lies behind her long-term project on Yeosung Gukgeuk, a form of Korean theatre featuring only female actors that flourished between the 1940s and the 1960s. Over almost a decade, jung has produced a multiplicity of works around this subject challenging the interpretation of tradition and gender politics in contemporary Korean society. The artist will introduce the screening of Act of Affect (2013) and I am not going to sing (2015), positioning Yeosung Gukgeuk at the intersection between issues of affect, gender structures, and performativity.
This Workshop is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.
siren eun young jung (b. 1974, South Korea) works across a wide range of mediums such as films, photographs, performances, and installations. She focuses on the politics of desire and historical and political acts of resistance. Her works have been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Taipei Biennial 2016, Taiwan (2016); Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2015); and 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2015). She was awarded the Hermès Foundation Missulsang Prize in 2013 and in 2015, Sindoh Art Prize for the project Yeosung Gukgeuk.
Image credit: siren eun young jung, The Wedding, 2011, pigment print. Courtesy the artist.