Interview by Nathalie Boseul Shin and Youngdon Jung
Translated by Laura M. Kingdon and Jungeun Woo
23 prints, 1 softcover booklet and 1 foldout map
27 pages in booklet
210 x 265 mm.
Jung travelled his hometown on bicycle, capturing people and objects. He requested that people write down their story and in that way, he was able to portray the city’s shape, as seen by its inhabitants. Through his wandering with strangers and observations of the surrounding landscape of his hometown, he wanted to understand the face of those around him, their relationships and differences.
I lost my way home. Was it because I mistook the way or, because I didn’t know where I was. Although, I have been living in my home town over 10 years, I didn’t know its geography and what my desire here was. There is only sounds of a gun, a bird’s wings, sweet cement powder and feelings of desolate mist. Looking back, I couldn’t seize anything and just passed the time. However, unlike me, everything has been changing, repeating, and scattering with many events over a period of time, and it aims towards perfection all the time. It suddenly occurs to me that I will live just as one of the eyewitnesses or I will make my camera capture it.
About the Artist:
Youngdon Jung was born in Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Chung-Ang University. He is interested in connecting people and places, understanding diverse cultures and exploring nature while further interpreting our daily lives. He focuses on the unified pattern which is usually seen in the daily life. He gives attention to the phenomenon that each individual is standardised in the society. To present these ideas, Jung usually uses photography to deal with questions of time and space.
Since his first exhibition Evocation; Ventilation at the Total Museum For Contemporary Art – Project Space the Room, Jung has participated in several international group exhibitions and projects such as Against Photography (2015, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea), and Inner Color (2014, Laznia Contemporary Art Center, Poland). In addition, Jung was part of the collective Moojin Brothers focusing on media art works. In this group, Jung usually takes the role as cinematographer, but has also had the experience to explore other mediums.
Youngdon Jung has also shown media art works at European Media Art Festival (2016, Osnabrück, Germany), 16th International Cine A La Calle Short Film Festival (2016, Barranquilla, Colombia) and has recently won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Reviews 2015 and the Grand Prize of Glocal Contest at the 15th Seoul International New Media Festival.
About the Publisher:
Mediabus is a small publishing house based in Seoul, Korea. It was founded in 2007 by independent curators in collaboration with designers. Mediabus publishes zines and books, produces and distributes, organises exhibitions and events, directs workshops, and carries out project or book commissions for companies and institutions.