Ina Jang was born in South Korea in 1982 and she currently lives and works in New York. Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BA in Photography in 2010, her work has been shown in countless galleries, including the Empty Quarter in Dubai, KiptonART, New York Photo Festival 2010, and the Humble Arts Foundation in New York 2010. She has been nominated for seven different awards, including 'KiptonART Rising Award' 2011, 'Print Magazine's 20 Under 30,' as well as being selected as a FOAM Talent. She was a finalist at the Festival d'Hyères 2011, and returns to Hyères in 2012 to exhibit the result of a commission. Her works have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Dear, Dave Magazine, British Journal of Photography, and Foam International Photography Magazine.Read More
Ina Jang creates work with a playful and poetic spirit. Minimalistic it is the simplicity of her work that reveals so much power. Constructive and deconstructive alike, her work is physical, gentle, and humorous, introducing new meanings to familiar objects while exploring a collapse of dimensions in photography.
'I make images that are minimal and two-dimensional by layering people, places and things to precisely execute ideas, but with the intention of discarding information.
As I want the ideas to be tangible, the process becomes rigorously physical and related to my personal experience in terms of making photographs; it often contains cutting, gluing and pasting mundane objects from real life, such as paper and cotton balls. The photographs are often figurative and unidentified, casting a suspicion upon the photograph's agenda. I allow the viewers to question whether they are truly subjects or merely objects. I strive to depict an image that remains pristine and foreign to the viewers.
My works explore concepts of photography and its physicality, while their contents rely hugely on a playful mind, inspired by the time I spent with my sister when we were isolated from family and friends. During this time, I developed a way of escaping from the desolation and existential ennui.' —Ina Jang
Text courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie.
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