From June 9 to July 2, The Reference will showcase the 2022 winners of the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, the world’s largest photobook awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary. With more than 1,000 entries, the 2022 PhotoBook Awards is a competition organized by Paris Photo and the Aperture Foundation.
A total of 38 books were awarded in three categories: ‘First Photobook’, ‘Photobook of the Year’ and ‘Photography Catalogue of the Year’. In addition to these 38 titles, the exhibition will feature 41 works, including the Jurors’ Special Mention.
Rather than defining a photobook as a collection of photographs, The Reference considers all the work required to create a book (editing, printing, binding, design, etc.) as a process of creating an artwork and interprets the photobook itself as an artwork, and the individuality and aesthetics of the photobook as a book.
Therefore, the exhibition is organized in collaboration with furniture made by the design studio Zerolab to make the book feel like a single work of art, and it aims to reflect on the meaning of contemporary photography and examine the flow of photobooks produced today.
Alternative Space LOOP presents Mass Action, a solo exhibition by artist Chanmin Jeong (b. 1991), on view from June 16 to July 16. Through new media, Chanmin Jeong visualizes bodily movements composed of images and data, illuminating the changing ways of using the body and social phenomena due to technological advancement.
The exhibition gives value to bodily movements and habituated patterns that have been deemed meaningless in everyday life, which is hierarchically organized around growth and productivity. It discovers and records marginalized behaviors that must create economic value in contemporary capitalism and shows them through visual art.
The exhibition, “Mass Action” is composed of eight balloons with fans and motors that represent a day in the life of 64 people. The work collects the actions of the masses, regardless of age, gender, belief, or affiliation. The size of the balloons is determined by the volume of time spent on each of these personal routines: walking, praying, drinking coffee, studying English, riding, taking nutritional supplements, and writing in a journal. The balloons for the behaviors that take the longest amount of time are larger and last longer.
The exhibition talks about the fatigue and lethargy that the blind growth pressure centered on efficiency, which is the idea of Chanmin, gives to humans. It focuses on human labor, not machine movement, and the trivial movements that are repeated every day, all of our actions that are not related to economic value.