Curated by: Diana Baldon
Fondazione Modena Arti Visive is delighted to present Upgrade in Progress, the first solo exhibition by Geumhyung Jeong to be shown in an Italian contemporary art institution. Curated by Diana Baldon, the exhibition will open at the Palazzina dei Giardini on Friday 6 March 2020.
The exhibition presents a new site-specific commission by Fondazione Modena Arti Visive connected to the most recent project by the Korean artist. Jeong has distinguished herself in the international field of the performing arts for her amusing and sinister choreographies in which she performs with domestic electrical appliances and life-size surrogate bodies. Mixing a variety of media – dance, theatre, filmmaking and sculpture – her works deploy a range of prosthetic devices, mechanical and tech hardware tools, cosmetics, medical dummies and spare body parts, often involving live performances in which she ‘demonstrates’ how her objects can be used. When presented in visual arts contexts, she sets out the objects in bizarre sequences, orderly arranged on pedestals situated in intense white light settings that mock scientific archives and museum collections.
Born in 1980 in Seoul, where she lives and works, Jeong studied Acting at Hoseo University in Asan (South Korea), Dance and Performance at the Korean National University of Arts and Film Animation at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (both in Seoul). Since the beginning of her career, Jeong’s work has investigated the relationship between the human body and inanimate everyday objects, by way of productions that combine languages and techniques derived from the fields of contemporary dance, puppet theatre and the visual arts.