Yeondoo Jung "Handmade Memories"

Tina Kim Gallery

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Tina Kim Gallery presents an exhibition of new video work by Korean artist Yeondoo Jung. Comprised of six dual-channel videos Handmade Memories continues the artist's ongoing investigation into the subjective instability of memory as well as the tenuous authenticity of mechanically-produced images.

For this project, Jung has interviewed six elderly strangers who he randomly encountered in parks around Seoul. His opening line – 'What is the most memorable experience of your life?' - successfully taps into the pathos of an aging generation that lived through the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910 – 1945) and the Korean War (1950 – 1953). For large segments of this demographic basic necessities such as food and shelter were in short supply as was adequate education. Jung's interviews teeter precipitously between truth and fiction: some reveal obvious fabrication and embellishment while others border on confessionals, revealing a tension that speaks poignantly to the psychological damage levied on the country's collective psyche and the fantasies that were invented by so many as a coping mechanism. The interviewees' dreams – which for the most part have gone unfulfilled – are quick to surface and are laid bare before Jung's lens.

In an effort to both expose these discrepancies and pay tribute to this generation's experiences, Jung has reconstructed the pivotal location from each story in an empty soundstage using homemade sets and rudimentary props. First employed in his 2007 film Documentary Nostalgia, this method of using the stage to frame a fictional narrative has become a signature strategy of the artist and is here employed to stunning effect — his carefully choreographed trompe l'oeil underscores the disjuncture between fact and fantasy. This chasm is further heightened by presenting the (re)created locations adjacent to the interviews, a juxtaposition that highlights their sense of nostalgia and forces the viewer to question the authenticity of these individuals' experiences, as well as their own.



from February 27, 2009 to March 28, 2009


Yeondoo Jung

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