Interview: GHEEM Sookyoung | ITSLIQUID

Interview: GHEEM Sookyoung

Interviews | January 28, 2023 |

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Interview: GHEEM Sookyoung
Luca Curci talks with GHEEM Sookyoung, during the 16th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

GHEEM Sookyoung was born in 1992 in Daegu, South Korea. She obtained DNA option Arts at the École Supérieure des beaux-arts de Tours in 2019. She participated in several exhibitions in Venice(IT), London(UK), France and Korea. She now lives and works in Paris and Vitry-sur-seine. Her work spans installation, sculpture and performance. She proposes spaces-time work to explore subterranean forms in our ordinary. Instead of prescribing the work’s shape, she finds the form of work within a relationship or lets her work to shaping itself by interacting with the external environment. Through her performative work, she questions how intangible fragments affect us and how we can depict them. She studied visual communication design at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. Afterwards, she studied 16mm film cinema and the philosophy of film. She showed her 16mm film at EXIS (Experimental Film and Video Festival) in 2013, and ephemeral works in urban spaces in Seoul. From these experiences, she creates her moving image outside of the screen.

“Some things do exist, although invisible. I, as an artist, shed light on how intangible fragments affect us. I have been shifting from place to place. I perceive the change in each living space through metaphysical concepts, like time difference, smell, language, and atmosphere. As I slowly assimilate and adjust to a new environment, my work forms itself accordingly by melting into its surrounding. The assemblage of organic materials is based on their potential for transformation and intrinsic properties. With their fleeting and fragile composition, I reconstruct conflicting moments between the individual and the external environment. Through visualizing these moments, I lead viewers to explore how intangible fragments in our ordinary affect us”.

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Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
GHEEM Sookyoung – I question how our beings are affected by our external beings and how we shape ourselves in connecting with them. The work’s constructed by assembling conflicting materials. The work’s form is shaped by the relationship between materials and their external. In the moments of their harmony, The work provides a sensory perception of invisible things around us. Throw, I depict how we can coexist with them in our ordinary.

LC – What are you currently working on?
GS – These days, I am working on a project: “weightless fragments”. I started this project in 2019. This project gives me a lot of inspiration. This work talk about subliminal substances around us in making fictional site. I trace everyday occurrences and question how daily life is constructed and shaped beyond material substance. Our beings are guided through fictional order around us, which is created artificially, like time, distance, law or money. I reconstruct these imaginary orders in our daily life in disturbing. In reforming a familiar object, the project questions our everyday perceptions based on how we can define them and reach their essence.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
GS – My work is unpredictable. So my work needs more experimentation. I love this process, but every failure makes me confused yet. Fortunately, it creates another inspiration.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
GS – My works are my internal auto-portrait. My work is inspired by little unpleasant sentiments that everyone experiences, like frustration and helplessness in an ordinary moment between me and around me. I sublime that through work in transforming to positive energy.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
GS – Always exciting! It forgets every suffering during the project.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
GS – This exhibition’s “The relationship between body and space” concept parallels my work. I talk about subliminal things in our ordinary with the relationship between work and its surrounding. In my work, every component works as an organ. As in our body, each organ interacts to move. This interactive relationship fuels vitality in my work as in our beings.

LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
GS – The “YOGA” is an installation series project inspired by the forms of a body while doing Yoga. I rendered Yoga as an external and internal acting ensemble in this work. Through bodily gestures, I reconstructed polymorphous forms of relationships. During the exhibit “YOGA”, everyday objects and organic materials interact with each other and their surrounding. Through, The “YOGA” work shapes its form by itself. With this subtle movement in their interaction, the work makes a site where we can visually experience the fluid movements of relations.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GS – Yes

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GS – Working with the “Its liquid” team was an honour. Thanks for all of your help with the exhibitions.

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