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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Koo Jeong A

b. 1967, South Korea

Since the early 1990s, Koo Jeong A has made works that are seemingly casual and commonplace, yet at the same time remarkably precise, deliberate, and considered. Her reflections on the senses and the body incorporate objects, still and moving images, audio elements, and aromas. Many of her works are conceived within site-specific environments that question the limits of fact and fiction, the imaginary and actuality of our world. Koo considers the connection of energies between a place and people, relying on chance to drive her encounters.

In realising her spaces and images, she draws from a wide spectrum of concerns which she developed over the years. Ranging from human cognition, to the philosophy of Taoism, from the science of Qi, to the interaction of natural elements such as earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. In her environments, nothing is merely ordinary; on the contrary, any material or phenomena–be it a mound of charcoal, a shaft of iron, or a glare of sunlight–is endowed with dignity and reverence and incites the surprise of a discovery. To venture near Koo’s work is to travel unreservedly through a cosmos of unassuming large and small forms, mysterious dwarfed spaces, and perilous landscapes of memories.

Koo Jeong A was born in 1967 in Seoul, Korea. She has been named ‘2016 Artist of the Year’ by the Korean Cultural Centre UK, celebrated with a solo exhibition in London in October 2016. Recent solo exhibitions and commissions of her work include: ajeongkoo, Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2017); Enigma of Beginnings, Yuz Project Room at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape: Evertro, Everton Park, Liverpool (2015); Annual Journey, Pilar Corrias, London (2015); Oussser, Fondazione La Raia, Novi Ligure (2014); Koo Jeong A: 16:07, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (2012); OTRO, Centre international d’art et du paysageIle de Vassivière, Vassivière (2011); E opened his eyes he is now walking, CCA KITAKYUSHU Project Gallery, Kitakyushu (2011); Constellation Congress, DIA Art Foundation, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, The Dan Flavin Art Insitute, Bridgehampton (2010); Koo Jeong A, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2008); Flash Cube at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2007).

Significant group exhibitions include: Take Me (I’m Yours), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2017); 32nd Bienal de São Paulo Incerteza Viva [Live Uncertainty], São Paulo (2016); Art Night, curated by ICA, London (2016); Take me (I’m Yours), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg (2016); Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima Museum, Hiroshima (2015); recto/verso, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Take me (I’m yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris (2015); The World in 2015, UCCA, Beijing (2015); Repetition and Difference, Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Burning Down the House – 10th Gwangju Biennale, curated by Jessica Morgan, Gwangju (2014); Inhabiting the World – the 6th Busan Biennale, Busan (2014); Real DMZ Project 2014, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do & Artsonje Center, Seoul (2014); A stroll through a fun palace, Swiss Pavilion at 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice (2014); Real DMZ Project 2013: Borderline, Border area near DMZ, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea (2013); En suspension, FRAC – Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France (2013); In Situ, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2013); Media Landscape – Zone East, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2010); Your Bright Future, LACMA, Los Angeles (2009); 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); Il tempo del postino, Manchester International Festival, Manchester (2007); The Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2005); On Reason and Emotion, 14th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2004); Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004); 50th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice (2003); Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama (2001); Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (2000); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (1997); Do it, curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Independent Curators Incorporated, New York (1997); Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996); 46th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice (1995).

Koo Jeong A lives and works everywhere.

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Featured Artworks

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New work for Basel by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong ANew work for Basel, 2018 Ferrite magnets
Pilar Corrias
unlock 162 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong Aunlock 162, 2018 162 ferrite magnets
Pilar Corrias
8/2018 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong A8/2018, 2018 Ferrite magnets
78 x 10 x 10 cm
Pilar Corrias
untitled by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong Auntitled, 2018 Magnetic paint, acrylic paint, magnetic filings on canvas
40 x 30 x 2.5 cm
Pilar Corrias
1/2018 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong A1/2018, 2018 Ferrite magnet, 560 magnets
160 x 120.5 x 1 cm
Pilar Corrias
2/2018 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong A2/2018, 2018 Ferrite magnet; 578 magnets
102.5 x 102.5 x 0.3 cm
Pilar Corrias
3/2018 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong A3/2018, 2018 Ferrite magnet, Portland stone
16 x 35 x 35 cm
Pilar Corrias
4/2018 by Koo Jeong A contemporary artwork
Koo Jeong A4/2018, 2018 4250 Ferrite magnets, Portland stone
31.5 x 40 x 70 cm
Pilar Corrias

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Critic's Guide: Seoul Related Press Critic's Guide: Seoul Frieze : 20 September 2017

This huge retrospective of Krzysztof Wodiczko's work presents everything from his early objects concerning censorship under a Polish socialist government to his 'cultural prosthetics' for the homeless and immigrants to his projections on monuments and civic buildings. The artist's lifetime interest in the interventions in public spaces by minority...

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Koo Jeong A: 'Riptide' at Korean Cultural Centre UK, London Related Press Koo Jeong A: 'Riptide' at Korean Cultural Centre UK, London ArtAsiaPacific : 18 November 2016

Riptide sets out as a solo show by Korean-born artist Koo Jeong A, but opens up to include an assortment of works by nine artists responding to her pen drawing Civilising Process (2005), in which a giant bird in flight clutches a human figure. Here, translation is the main device and subject of the exhibition. In the process of translating, as...

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A strong showing of South Korean art in London Related Press A strong showing of South Korean art in London Art in America : 11 November 2016

Is South Korea enjoying an artistic moment in the West? The second book by novelist Han Kang to be translated into English, Human Acts, appeared this year, and her first, The Vegetarian, has won the Man Booker International Prize. The country’s prominent poet Ko Un was tipped to win the 2016 Nobel for Literature. But what of the...

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