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No More Daughters & Heroes

 


 

Goyang Aramnuri Aram Art Gallery

Goyang Cultural Foundation
816 Madu-dong

http://www.artgy.or.kr/EH/EH0201V.aspx?showid=0000003035

Thomas Eller (DE)
Harun Farocki (DE)
Yuri Leiderman (RUS)
Peaches (CAD)
Katharina Sieverding (DE)
Pola Sieverding (DE)
Jan Peter E. R. Sonntag (DE)
Jungyeob Jung (KOR)
Youngsup Kim (KOR)
Jeehye Kim (KOR)
Sungrae Kim (KOR)
Hojun Song (KOR)


Kurator: Jung Me, Eunjung Kim


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Beliebte Namen in der Generation meiner Mutter (Jahrgang 1938) waren „no more daughter“, „die letzte Tochter“ und „ein männlicher Junge“. Damit haben deren Eltern sich gewünscht, dass das nächste Kind ein Junge wird. Es war ein gängige Praxis zum damaligen Zeitpunkt in Korea. Diese hat ihren Ursprung aus der Zeit der japanischen Besatzung und in Japan wird diese Namensgebung bis heute praktiziert.

Die Auswahl der Frauennamen meiner Generation hat sich in die Richtung Schönheit, Blumenart, Ruhe, Freude etc. bewegt. Es gibt nichts mit diesen Bedeutungen negativ einzuwenden. An diesen Bespielen der Namensgebung wird deutlich, daß die männliche Ideologie immer noch eine dominante Rolle spielt.

Die „No more daughter“ wird in eine Struktur hineingeboren, wo die Machtverhältnis zwischen System und Individuum stark vom diesen bedient werden. Können wir eine andere Sorten von „Helden“ (Frauen und Männer) erwarten, die von diesen Machtverhältnissen befreit sind, Fragen stellen, und sich kritisch mit der Veränderung der Gesellschaft auseinandersetzen?

Die Ausstellung dient nicht nur dazu, zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland zum Thema Postfeminismus und Dekonstruktivismus in Korea vorzustellen, sondern sie hat den Charakter eines Pilotprojektes mit dem eine offene Diskussion zum Thema initiiert werden soll. Durch sie soll einen ständige deutsch-koreanische Plattform für den Austausch zwischen den Künstlern beider Länder entstehen.

Die teilnehmenden Künstler sind deutscher und internationaler Herkunft. Sie sind international anerkannt und aktiver Bestandteil der zeitgenössischen Kunstszene in Deutschland und Korea. Die Teilnehmer haben sich intensiv mit der Thematik des Postfeminismus und Dekonstruktivismus auseinander gesetzt.

Eine besondere Spannung erzeugt die Teilnahme der international renomierten Künstlerin Katharina Sieverding und ihrer Tochter Pola Sieverding als jüngste Teilnehmerin. Katharina Sieverding zählt zu den bedeutendsten deutschen Künstlern der Gegenwart. Thomas Ellers Fotoskulpturen entstehen durch auf Aluminium aufkaschierte und freigestellte Fotografien, die im Hilfe versteckter Aluminiumkonstruktionen vor der Wand, auf dem Boden oder frei in Raum installiert werden. Der in Odessa geborene Künstler und Schriftsteller Yuri Leiderman verbindet unterschiedliche Geisteswissenschaften, wie Philosophie oder Kunstgeschichte und transformiert diese in seine künstlerische Sprache, sei es in Videoproduktionen, Installationen, Performance oder Fotografie. Harun Farocki studierte Theaterwissenschaft, Soziologie, Publizistik und an der Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. Er arbeitet an Experimental-, Dokumentar- und Essayfilmen die ihm international einen bedeutenden Ruf als Filmemacher einbrachten. Die in ihrer Wahlheimat Berlin lebende Peaches, ist primär als feministische Sängerin bekannt. Sie beschäftigt sich in einer Widersprüchlichkeit aus Ironie, Verwirrung und Taubbruch mit Themen wie Feminismus, Körperliche Befreiung und lässt die Geschlechtergrenzen fließen. Der Künstler und Komponist Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag betreibt Wissenschaft mit den Mitteln der Kunst. Er formuliert Elektonenspannung als weiblich. Seine zumeist raumbezogenen Installationen bestehen meist aus technisch-medialen Systemen mit Lichteffekten und Klangistallationen.


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The title of this exhibition, “No More Daughters & Heroes,” may sound somewhat sarcastic and ironic. In this exhibition, both German and Korean artists are trying to approach post-feminism based on deconstructions. From the post-feminist perspective, gender issues are progressed more by the relationship of social power and cultural customs than by our biological nature. This means that establishing the proper identity for the system of the power structure is the best state in which to build authority. For a dramatic example, Islamic culture “circumcises” women under the excuse of tradition, and prohibits women from learning to drive. These restrictions were made out of a belief that if women were relatively liberated, it would present an obstacle to maintaining power. Participants in this exhibition mainly work in Korea and Germany, but they are all from a number of different countries including Korea, Germany, Canada, Russia, and the Czech Republic, and have different genders, personal tastes and ideologies. Therefore, this exhibition presents diverse, fundamental and analytic attitudes by excluding conventional slogans for gender equality.


Katharina Sieverding, who stands alongside Gerhard Richter as a significant artist in the history of German contemporary art, is well known for work that examines fundamental gender issues, de-colonialism and political post-feminism. Her experimental works broke free from the fixed documentary format of photography that was prevalent in the early 1970s. In addition, there were hardly any women artists working in the field of photography at that time, making her peerless in that field. Her work for this exhibition “Transformer” shows the artist herself and her partner Klaus Mettig wearing heavy make-up and shot in different exposures, lighting and poses. These negatives are overlapped at fixed time intervals.


Pola Sieverding, who is Katharina Sieverding’s oldest daughter, documents transsexuals, subcultures, a woman who is attempting suicide and transitional situations of youth outside the mainstream by using the media of photography and video. The gender, transitional period, and mutant moment of behaviors are enlarged or separated using four primary colors. Through the ambiguous expression of the models and the poses that almost seem to have come from a fashion magazine, the series for this exhibition “Cadavre Exquis I-VIII” looks like something in between Art and Commercial work. The images of those pieces appear quite clear from a long distance, but when you look close it changes into a giant pixel, making it like an abstract. Therefore, Pola Sieversing directs a wide and deep transformational Gray, not Black and white.


Peaches, best known as a Canadian electronic musician challenges existing gender roles and prejudices through her performances. She has spread her unique language to her audience through dramatic and ironic performances that mock the social boundaries of gender, the economic disadvantages women face, and sexual expression that has fallen into mannerism. You may presume as much simply by the title of one of her albums, “FATHERFUCKER,” which was released in 2003 and was hailed by music critics as the best album of the year. Her work in this exhibition, “Fan Base,” looks like either a cave or a womb, in which lingerie, sex toys, clothes, and dolls, all of which were given to her by her fans during concerts, are installed. Her video documents different locations and fans at her concerts, and shows the subtle communication that takes place in the relationship between the artist and the audience.


Yuri Leiderman, who came from Odessa in the former Soviet Union, had experienced a special situation - the Cold War. His work is known for poetically and humorously interpreting political issues. For that reason he is sensitive to political and social issues, and this can be examined through his path in life as an artist. As a member of the legendary group “Inspection Medical Hermeneutics” in Moscow, which he left in 1990, he criticized the destructive power of socialism. He combines art with other fields such as philosophy, a strategic topographical issue that has transformed his own language through the mediums of video, installation, performance and photography. In his performance work “KILLING BALD MAN IN THE SHELTER BY EMPTY BAG ON THE HEAD,” the artist first appears from a shelter where he has hid himself, and moves near to the audience. An audience member then hits his head with an empty bag, and the artist collapses and goes back to the shelter again. But not much later, the artist comes out again, only to be hit on the head again in the same way.


Thomas Eller, a chief editor for Artnet Magazine in Berlin and the executive director of Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin, makes work that has many layers. When he takes a photograph, he uses a central composition that originally came from the Renaissance, and separates one image from the original image, which had been combined with other images. These images that he separates he renders like sculptural pieces through a transfer onto many layers of aluminum, creating a perfect illusion of images flying in the air. The artist had found that a soccer player had the same name as him during his work on the project “THE Displeases-SELBST.” The artist suggested a game to the soccer player, which became part of the installation. “THE Displeases-SELBST” represents sharing an identity, and performing reciprocal actions for each other rather than having the fear of the doppelganger.


Harun Farocki has worked as a screenwriter, actor, and producer, and also was a film critic and editor from 1974 to 1984. His work has shown a skeptical attitude toward society conveyed through mass media, and political images that are the results of editing and manipulation and are far removed from the truth. For example, an image of his work for this exhibition “Ein Bild” shows a set of the Playboy Magazine studio in a documentary format. It tenaciously shows the perfection of subjectivity by the staff, from the process of the carpenter’s stage installation to the arrangement of the female model’s hair – nothing is left to chance. In this process, the sensibility of Eros disappears and only produces what the reader might want to see.


Jan Peter E. R. Sonata is an artist and a composer, and his work spans many fields, such as light installation with electricity, video and performance. He sees electrical current as feminine. The electron separated from the atom forms a negative and positive charge. Movement of the negative charge is current. His scientific explanation has an interesting similarity to the Yin-Yang and the Five Elements’ Medical Theory, in that the definition of woman is Negative. In his work “GAMMAvert,” gamma rays are released through the process of using uranium and nitrate. In a white-floored room, there is a small photograph taken of the Baltic Sea from when the artist was young. It was hung on the wall. The heavy sound, a low tone, comes from a speaker installed on the other side of the wall. The heavy low tone from the wall of one site and the picture the artist took when he was young is hung on the other wall. I’m hoping for the disappearance of the “NO MORE DAUGHTERS & HEROES” in his green room, which extends experimental sound, experimentations from light to human perception.


Sponsored by
Goyang Cultural Foundation
Lufthansa
Deutschen Botschaft Seoul
Auswärtiges Amt, Deutschland

ORGAN MIX




Danica Dakic
Sabine Kacunko
Baekyung Lee
Moonho Lee
Vera Lossau
Rita McBride
Bjørn Melhüs
Klaus Mettig
Seongwon Won

Der Ausstellungstitel „ ORGAN MIX “ knüpft an das Phänomen der Austauschbarkeit von Organen auch im Sinn von Co-Existenz an. Durch eine Organtransplantation werden Teile eines Köpers an einen anderen Ort (Körper) eingesetzt. Auch in einer Gesellschaft  und insbesondere in der Kunstszene, lassen sich ähnliche Phänomene beobachten. Die wechselseitige Beziehung  von Künstlern auf internationaler Ebene ist als Inspiration der jeweiligen Kunstszene gedacht und wirkt bis in andere Gesellschaftsbereiche.

Die Ausstellung dient nicht nur dazu, zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland oder Einfluss von deutscher Kunst durch Ausbildung in Korea vorzustellen, sondern sie hat den Charakter eines Pilotprojektes. Durch sie soll einen ständige deutsch-koreanische Plattform für den Austausch zwischen den Künstlern beider Länder entstehen.



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홍경택 HONG Kyoung Tack
전준호 JEON Joonho
정연두 JUNG Yeondoo
김기라 KIM Kira
이세현 LEE Sea Hyun
이용백 LEE Yongbaek
임민욱 LIM Minouk
문경원 MOON Kyungwon
문성식 MOON Sungsic
박준범 PARK Junebum
진기종 ZIN Kijong

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