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siren eun young jung, A Performing by Flash, Afterimage, Velocity, and Noise, 2019, three-channel HD video projection, color, sound, 27 minutes 36 seconds. Installation view.

siren eun young jung, A Performing by Flash, Afterimage, Velocity, and Noise, 2019, three-channel HD video projection, color, sound, 27 minutes 36 seconds. Installation view.

siren eun young jung

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen

It all started with a photograph of a wedding party. There was nothing unusual about the scene at first glance: the bride and groom, the family. . . . Yet as South Korean artist siren eun young jung examined the picture more closely, it gradually dawned on her that the people depicted in it were all women, including those whom one might initially have thought were men. They were members of a troupe of performers of yeoseong gukgeuk, a variant of traditional Korean opera sung exclusively by women. Established in South Korea in the 1940s, the art form remained popular until the 1960s. Delving into its history, jung found herself enchanted. She met surviving participants, dug up historic footage, conducted interviews, and supplemented the material she had gathered with excerpts from a musical starring Korean drag king Azangman. The resulting works make up her ongoing “Yeoseong Gukgeuk Project,”

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