From June 20 to July 11, the SEMA Bunker, an annex of the Seoul Museum of Art, presents Yeoreum Jeong (b.1994)’s solo exhibition Centuries in the Distant Mist. Yeoreum’s work involves observing the narrative of a point and analyzing how it works, and she especially visualizes stories about the connection between place and memory through video.
This exhibition is part of the Seoul Museum of Art’s ‘Emerging Artists & Curators Supporting Program’ which has been running since 2008. The program aims to give nine selected artists(teams) the opportunity to exhibit at SeMA Storage and SeMA Bunker. Also, it provides exhibition grants and mentoring through matching with museum curators.
The exhibition consists of three video works, < Underground Bank > (2023), < The Silent Bearers > (2023), which she shot while traveling between Korea and Vietnam, and her previous work < To a natural Witness > (2021). The works illuminate tragic points of the war, such as the Israeli assault on Gaza and the war trauma of Vietnamese people. Through these works, she draws attention to the relationship between events, places, and memory. The exhibition creates a new context by utilizing the fact that SeMA Bunker was a secret security facility built under the military regime in the 1970s. In this way, the exhibition draws the viewer’s attention to the process by which an event can take on a different meaning over time, just as the trauma and debris of war can be consumed as a tourist product.
From June 23 to September 10, the Seoul National University Museum of Art presents The Journey Through Art Sociology Leads To Art Philosophy: Artists’ Anthology with about 14 artists. The exhibition critically diagnoses the art of this era and suggests the need for art sociology.
The exhibition argues that contemporary art seems to be deeply engaged in philosophical debates, but in reality, it has become detached from philosophical issues and weakened in its search for values. The exhibition argues that one solution to this problem can be art sociology. Through art sociology, the exhibition wants to pay attention to the way art exists and works in reality.
Using both Exhibition Rooms 1-4 and the Core Lounge, it begins with the work of Jaehwan Joo, and continues with works by Haemin Jeong, Kkyurr&Tarr, Boree Hur, Silas Fong, Moongi Gim, Sanghwan Byun, Jungyeob Jung, Min-Jae Kim, Younggyu Kim, Sungkyun Choi, Wonho Lee, Kim Beom and Yang Ah Ham. Related to the exhibition, there will be a round table and a lecture performance of Younggyu Kim’s “How to Become a Millionaire Artist”.
The exhibition humorously distorts the relationship between art and capitalism and discusses the struggles of artists trying to make a living in the art world. The works explore the intimate relationship between society and art.