Koo Jeong-a to Characterize South Korea at Venice Biennale

Koo Jeong-a, identified for her conceptual work centering ungraspable parts similar to scent, silence, and luminescence, has been chosen to signify South Korea on the Sixtieth Venice Biennale, to happen April 20–November 24, 2024, the Okayorean Herald reviews. The notoriously reticent Koo first gained discover in 1998, together with her contribution to the exhibition “Unfinished Historical past” at Minneapolis’s Walker Artwork Middle, for which she created a shelter within the nook of the gallery, the place she hid whereas the exhibition was put in. When the exhibition opened and the construction was eliminated, all that remained was a heap of papier-mâché wher Koo had lain. She gained nonetheless wider consideration for her phosphorescent skateparks, which she started making in 2012. She has participated within the 1995, 2001, and 2003 Biennales. She has loved solo exhibits on the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Dia:Beacon, New York. Her work has been included in group exhibits on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Tate Trendy, London.

The Korean Pavilion will likely be cocurated by Jacob Fabricius and Lee Solar-hee. Fabricius is director of Denmark’s Kunsthal Aarhus; previous to assuming that position, in 2021, he was inventive director there, starting in 2016. He was inventive director of the Busan Biennale in 2020. Lee Solar-Hee is a curator at Kunsthal Aarhus; she headed the Busan Biennale’s exhibition workforce 2020. The pair’s collaboration marks the primary joint curatorship of the pavilion since its founding in 1995.

Aarhus and Lee will curate the pavilion across the theme “Korean Scent Journey.” Koo will contribute works grouped beneath the rubric “Odorama Cities.” Guests to the pavilion will likely be immersed in an intimate surroundings full of such unseen parts as parts similar to scents and temperatures, which collectively will conjure a nationwide portrait of Korea.

“Artist Koo Jeong-a’s distinctive sensibility will likely be expressed by way of the exhibition and the Korean Pavilion will function a spot for sensory expertise and performance as a group of reminiscence,” mentioned a representitve of Arts Council Korea, which sponsors the pavilion.