Moving Perspectives: Yeondoo Jung

November 21, 2009 – March 14, 2010

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

As part of the year-long series Moving Perspectives that focuses on recent works of video art that provide rich sensory experiences of the many changes taking place in contemporary Asia, works by Yeondoo Jung are shown continuously.

Through photography and video, Yeondoo Jung (b. 1969, Jinju, Korea) invites the viewer into the dreams and memories of others. This exhibition features two new video works, including a multi-screen installation, in which anonymous strangers are filmed recalling moments in their lives. As stories of past loves, youthful ambitions, hardship, or lifelong secrets are shared, a team of stagehands reconstructs the settings for these memories. By orchestrating clever set re-creations and filming the process from beginning to end, or manipulating camera angles and lighting effects in long outdoor sequences, Jung emphasizes the artifice of the scene unfurling before the viewer's eyes. Ultimately, these videos suggest that reality, filtered through nostalgia and the passage of time, exists somewhere between truth and imagination.