Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong considers the potency of objects in her current show at London’s Delfina Foundation.
Following her residency at the Delfina Foundation, the artist presents her first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom.
In “Private Collection: Unperformed Objects” (PDF download), Geumhyung Jeong continues her explorations in the relationship between the human body and its surroundings, by bringing together a collection of uncanny and disconcerting everyday objects. These mass produced items are part of her own collection. Medical apparatus, mannequins, vacuum cleaners converge in the exhibition space, lining up on plinths and asking questions about the narrative of these objects, alongside decision-making and failure in the process of making performances.
Born in 1980, Jeong studied Acting at Hoseo University in Asan, Dance and Performance at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, and Animation Film at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul. As well as presentations at the Delfina Foundation and the Atelier Hermès, her work has been displayed at the New Museum Triennial, New York and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zürich.
Jeong’s work tends to consider choreography, dance and performance, examining and renegotiating the relationship between the human body – most often, the female body – and its surroundings. These ideas often become manifest through uncanny performances, such as her recent event at the Tate Modern, “7ways”, on 2-8 October 2017, which coincided with her presentation at Delfina Foundation. Presented in London for the first time, 7ways was a solo performance in the form of seven ‘duets’ with everyday objects that take on an unsettling life of their own.
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