© 2015 SOYEON JUNG

Biography

Originally from South Korea, Soyeon Jung is a multi-disciplinary artist currently practicing in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her work examines the contrast of social structures, gender roles, and functions of memory from the perspective of someone situated between two cultures. Her projects spanning installation, performance, and video have been exhibited in exhibitions, screenings, and festivals throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia, including screenings at the Society of Photographic Education Multicultural Caucus Film Festival, KLEX experimental film/video festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Simultan Media Festival in Timisoara, Romania, CologneOFF Videoart in Germany, among others. Recent exhibitions include Santa Monica Art Studio in Los Angeles, Carnegie Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, the 7 Days Video Series that traveled to Western Michigan University and The Bret Llewellyn Art Gallery in Alfred State University, and among others.

She received her MFA from the Department of Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006 and currently teaches in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech.

Statement

Taking the form of experimental video, video installations, and cross-disciplinary practices, my work explores the dynamics of social structures, particularly in terms of a woman’s role within those hierarchies. The projects I create are rooted in a cultural understanding specific to my homeland of Korea, but are informed by moving between that history and my current experience of American culture. This exchange is a source of tension, as I invite the audience into images and spaces that often reference specific Korean symbols, rituals, and historical events, creating a dialogue that exposes the problematic constructions of identity and communication inherent when one is situated between two vastly different cultures.

Contact

soyejung@gmail.com

on a Train from Netherlands to Germany
Summer 2011