Geumhyung Jeong: Private Collection: Unperformed Objects

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Geumhyung Jeong: Private Collection: Unperformed Objects


Geumhyung Jeong: Private Collection: Unperformed Objects
to Sat 11 Nov 2017
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat noon-6pm

Private Collection: Unperformed Objects is the first UK solo exhibition by South Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong.

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 1

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 2

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 3

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 4

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 5

Delfina Foundation Geumhyung Jeong 6

In her practice as choreographer, dancer and performer, Jeong constantly renegotiates the relationship between the human body and the objects that surround it. She has built up a collection of plain everyday objects upon which she bestows a bizarre, disconcerting life through an intense and risky interaction with her own body to challenge notions of sexuality, technology and the female body.

In 2016, Jeong exhibited her complete collection at Atelier Hermes in Seoul as the recipient of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang Award. For this new installation at Delfina Foundation, emerging from a residency supported by SongEun Art & Cultural Foundation, Jeong explores the relationship between her ‘collection’ and her creative process. Jeong has selected ‘unperformed objects’ – mannequins, vacuum cleaners, training machines and medical apparatus with a latent potential. The exhibition brings the narrative of these objects themselves into play, alongside decision-making and failure in the process of making performances.

In the gallery, these objects are clinically displayed on plinths, under strip lighting. Video monitors show clips of the ‘performed objects’ not present, those modified by Jeong and activated in durational performances where they are first used in intended and routine ways before Jeong’s movements morph into erotic, obsessive, or antagonistic actions. Jeong feeds her own energy back into these inanimate objects, positing the female body as the locus of reproductive responsibility within a gendered, exploitative economy.

In this light, the ‘unperformed objects’ become a collection of relics of a notion of civilization that Jeong seeks to challenge.


Location: The Tanks, Tate
Dates: 2nd – 8th October 2017
Ticketed performances: Tuesday, 3rd October at 17:30 and Thursday, 5th October at 19:00
More info and tickets: Tate site

During Frieze week, in association with the exhibition, Tate Modern will present 7ways, a solo performance by Jeong in the form of seven ‘duets’ with everyday objects that take on an unsettling life of their own. The two ticketed performances at Tate Modern punctuate a week-long free presentation of Jeong’s work in the Tanks.

Geumhyung Jeong Biography

Born in 1980, Geumhyung Jeong is a South Korea-based choreographer, dancer and performer. 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. Her works have been presented at the Atelier Hermès, Seoul; New Museum Triennial, New York; Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zürich; Brigittines International Festival, Brussels; SPIELART Festival, Munich; ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna; iDANS Festival, Istanbul; Contemporary Art Museum of Ujazdowski, Warsaw; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; PACT Zollverein, Essen; and many others. Jeong was in residence at Delfina Foundation in spring 2017 in partnership with SongEun Art & Cultural Foundation.

Private Collection: Unperformed Objects is presented as part of the UK-Korea Year of Culture and made possible in partnership with: Korean Cultural Centre UK, SongEun Art & Cultural Foundation, Tate

Private Collection Unperformed Objects, an installation by Geumhyung Jeong, Photo Dan Weill, Courtesy Delfina Foundation (2)

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