Evergreen Tower    2001 Multi slide projection, c-print, 32 family portraits

Jung Yeondoo is one of Korea´s outstanding photo artists. He photographed people enjoying ballroom dancing in their spare time in the 2001 work "Borame Dance Hall." In the triennial exhibit, "Evergreen Tower," he selected 34 households from within typical rented apartments, took photographs and created artworks out of them.

The Korean photo artist Jung Yeondoo is portraying Korean and Asian life styles. His artwork entitled the apartment "Evergreen Tower" of Gwangju in Korea, has drawn substantial focuses to the local media and the art community. "Evergreen Tower" is a work of thirty-four families´ portraits of the same apartment.

This work has presented different family living style and social background from one typical public housing. Through his work, Jung has came across the discussion of hierarchy, space and status of life. Jung tried to arouse people´s consciousness on life and desirous of inner paradise by taking the opportunity of acquaintance with the resident, the congested living space and the similarities of live experience.

He has made a Hong Kong version of ´Evergreen Tower´ of his perception of Hong Kong society. The work will take place in local public housing estate with more than fifty invited families to take 8¨x10¨ "free of charge" priceless family portraits. The exhibition will be entitled to the estate´s name. It is to foresee the exhibition will bring the cultural of Hong Kong public housing estate to be one of the bookmarks of the world art history. This program actually has already aroused the housing estates residents respond and applause. It is a valuable chance to provide a family gathering opportunity by giving a free family photo taking in such special purpose.

Yeondoo Jung

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