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Without a Goldfish 2006, 80x80cm, Digital C-Print

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Thinker 2006, 100x100cm, Digital C-Print

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Knitting Woman 2006, 100x86cm, Digital C-Print

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Room of her own 2007, 100x100cm, Digital C-Print

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Room of him own 2007, 100x100cm, Digital C-Print

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Spectator 2007, 100x100cm, Digital C-Print

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White Bird 2007, 77x120cm, Digital C-Print

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Couple portant harnais 2011, Digital C-Print

The whole of my artistic work presents characters carefully put mise en scène. I’m really interested to show the presence of the individual with my photographic work. But there also questions when the moment of banality switches to the strangeness. The meaning is that my photos enable you to see the visibility of the strangeness or the mystery in the scene which seems to be ordinary or unspecified. Beyond a physical presence, invisible mental states are felt. I seek, through the photography, to make evidence of the contrast between the external silence and the tension within the individual.

The object interests me because it is a body­experience. It is an extremely ordinary and everyday experience, where ‘personal’ and ‘archetypal’ experiences co­exist. In the interaction of these experiences, objects, which function in multiple ways throughout different relationships, are continuously united, decoupled, repeated and reproduced. In this sense, the term ‘object’ does not simply refer to something tangible, but indicates an expansion of image, sound or virtual space, which is based on our experience. My work is to capture the structures of various objects by analyzing our actions and environment; and to achieve a reconstruction of those experiences by assembling deconstructed elements. Through this reconstruction process, my work shows how many silhouettes exist in the essence of every object in our experience from various places and different time frames.

Banality is a base that allows the coexistence of diverse experiences and archetypal symbols. It is only relatively different from the particular. Small insignificant objects of our daily lives are closely linked to our reality. An object can represent our desire through endless associations or generate another desire. It shows our thoughts and ideas as the notion of a «meaningful object». Here, the general idea that human beings dominate and control objects is no longer in effect.

The object force in a way can change our lives. And this force generates desires that shape the practical aspects of our lives. Conflicts between the ‘archetypal experience’ and ‘personal experience’ play a central role in generating an ideology that guides our lives. Thus, the various silhouettes of objects observed in my artwork represent the various ideologies of our social lives, hidden behind the mask of an object.

The reconstructed truth can be very diverse. Now, I’m trying to induce every potential possibility through the object. Choosing your own experience from this multiplicity will be the minimal difficulty you would encounter with my installations. Reproduce rather than create, recompose rather than transform.

Born in Jochiwon, Korea and lives and works in Paris since 2000, Ji Yeon Sung began studying photography in France in 2000, having studied literature in Korea. In just a few years, she has created her own style, especially in the field of portraiture. Beyond the representation of a character, the works of Sung express the presence and silence.

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