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Artist-in-residence

The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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siren eun young jung

Residency period

15 December 2016 – 27 February 2017

About

Over the last eight years, siren eun young jung has been investigating and challenging cultural expectations and genre constructs in Korean society through the lens of Yeosung Gukgeuk, a traditional type of Korean theatre combining singing and dancing that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, falling out of favour thereafter. While Yeosung Gukgeuk maintains the conventional roles of melodrama, it exclusively features women actors who perform all characters in an intense process of genre-shifting. Working across a wide range of mediums such as films, photographs, performances, and installations, the artist has produced several works, endowed with a lush visual imagery, that deeply engage the aging community of Yeosung Gukgeuk practitioners addressing issues of resistance, affect, and performativity.

siren eun young jung holds a M.F.A. in Painting from Ewha Womans University, Korea and an M.A. in Feminist Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. In 2015 she earned a doctoral degree in Fine Art from Ewha Womans University with a dissertation titled “The Politics of Gender and the Aesthetics of Dissensus.” 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); 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Australia (2015); The Future is Now, MAXXI, Italy (2014); Something in space escapes our attempts at surveying,
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Germany (2014). In 2013, she was awarded the Hermès Foundation Missulsang Prize.

Focus

During her residency, siren eun young jung will research the politics of gender in the Singapore social context while considering a significant transition in her artistic development towards what she defines “Another Asian aesthetics.”

Public programmes

siren eun young jung
Wrong Indexing: Yeoseong Gukgeuk Archive
9 Sep 2017, Sat - 8 Oct 2017, Sun

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As a genre of theatre that features exclusively women actors, Yeoseong Gukgeuk reached the peak of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, its success being tightly intertwined with the process of modernisation of South Korea. While today it lingers on the verge of extinction, in the post-colonial period Yeoseong Gukgeuk opened up a space for women to embody “other” identities and perform different subjectivities. Reinventing the traditional Korean theatre, they brought the process of gender-shifting to the limelight and subverted socially acceptable norms by blurring conventional gender binaries. Since 2008, siren eun young jung has investigated the public and private lives of Yeoseong Gukgeuk performers who, after the genre fell out of favour, went on to live disparate lives. This configuration of archival materials offers an insight into the artist’s research process and articulates the politics of recollecting, weaving together queer desires and patterns of resistance, affective matters and subversive subjectivities, gender fluidity and the performance of difference.

Wrong Indexing: Yeoseong Gukgeuk Archive is curated by Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.