Onejoon Che + Nara Park + the DZT Collective
January 25–March 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 25, 6–8 pm
Graduate Symposium: Monumental Form/Memorial Time, March 10-11, 2017
Collective Monument examines monumentality as a complex and ambiguous cultural form that emerges from networks of power, memory, and participation. The exhibition presents three artists from diverse geographies who engage with the significance of monuments and monumental industry in current geopolitical conditions. Onejoon Che, Nara Park, and the DZT Collective all use monuments to propose forms of collective experience and to critically examine the grounds of that collectivity. The works on view trace the methods by which monuments are produced, the kinds of meanings they propagate, and the ways that individuals and groups can speak to, through, and with them.
South Korean artist Onejoon Che’s three-channel video Mansudae Master Class documents the labor of North Korean sculptors constructing colossal sculptures in Africa, revealing that monumental commissions can transcend isolationist politics. Washington, DC-based sculptor Nara Park’s Never Forget ponders the simultaneous profundity and superficiality of monumental forms and language, considering monuments’ capacity to appear both natural and artificial. The DZT Collective—a collective of Albanian and Italian artists, curators, and architects —presents Study for a Monument. This interactive installation invites visitors to use their bodies and objects at hand to model a monument within the gallery, opening a space to experiment with strategies for embodying resistance and commemoration. Taken together, the artworks in Collective Monument push us to reconsider how monuments can allow us to share our experiences, with whom we can share them, and what futures we might construct out of them.
Curated by Raino Isto
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Onejoon Che uses photography and video to investigate the sociopolitical transformations taking place in contemporary Korea. His work is informed both by his study as a commercial photographer and by his time in the South Korean military, and many of his artworks reflect on the effects of the military regime through film and archival interventions. Che has participated in a number of exhibitions throughout the world, such as the Taipei Biennale, Palais de Tokyo Module, the New Museum Triennial, and the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Nara Park considers simulations of nature as expressions of the human desire for immortality. Her interest in these themes derives from her observation of confluences in Eastern and Western affluent contemporary culture in the cycle of industrialization and technological development. She grew up in the industrial city of Seoul, South Korea, where technology and manufacturing compensate for a shortage of natural resources, and synthetic materials are more accessible and useful than natural materials. Park’s work aims to generate life from artificial materials, exploring our desire to imitate nature. Her art also considers the paradox of a consumer culture that simultaneously desires permanent ideals and ephemeral objects. http://naraparkstudio.com.
DZT (DyZeroTre) Collective is an artistic and architectural collective operating between Italy and Albania. The core of the group comprises artist and curator Stefano Romano, architect and planner Eri Çobo, and artist Martina Dierico. A fourth member, artist and musician Guido Affini, contributes to the group through ARIA, an electro-acoustic music project that combines different languages. DZT works processually through aesthetic acts that do not attempt to transcend conflicting viewpoints, new antagonisms, or the urgency of social reality. Through performances, video, installations, photography, and drawings, DZT aims to create non-aligned images of our contemporary reality. http://www.dyzerotre.info.
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