The artistic programming of Atelier Hermès in Seoul stands out for its support of the contemporary Korean scene, in particular with the exhibition by Sojung Jun, 18th laureate of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang and the collective exhibition “Elsewhere”, that highlights the work of five Korean artists. In welcoming a solo project by Cyprien Gaillard, Atelier Hermès also contributes to the promotion of French art abroad.
With curator Soyeon Ahn now overseeing its artistic direction, Atelier Hermès hosts “Au Magasin de Nouveautés”, a project by Sojung Jun (b. 1982), 18th laureate of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang, a biannual prize awarded to emerging Korean artists. Ahead of this exhibition, Jun undertook a four-month residency in Paris in 2019. During her stay she was guided by the writings of Korean poet Yi Sang (1910-1937), borrowing the title of one of his poems as the name of the exhibition. The artist produced a video that juxtaposes her contemporary urban exploration of Seoul, Paris and Tokyo with the writings of Yi Sang, who theorised about a “modernity of imitation”. This ambitious video work is accompanied by a series of sculptures created using recycled materials. Jun also presents an essay dedicated to the poet’s work, created from her exchanges with fellow admirers of his oeuvre. Through these multiple facets, her exhibition explores the tensions inherent in the act of translating history, culture and time.
"Amid the dimly lit environs of the underground exhibition hall at Atelier Hermès, Jun Sojung’s compact exhibition takes shape around a central video that traverses time and space in jumps and skips. Jun is the current recipient of the biennial Hermès Foundation Missulsang, which ranks among the nation’s most prestigious art prizes and is awarded to a promising Korean artist whose work reflects the contemporary condition. Her narrative videos typically deconstruct..."
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