New Normal is the catalogue for an exhibition that presented an alternative family structure that has been heretofore undefined in the sense of normality that is so often applied by contemporary Korean society. It consists of four works and four text submissions.
- Book Intro
New Normal is the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name. New Normal was an exhibition that presented an alternative family structure that has been heretofore undefined in the sense of normality that is so often applied by contemporary Korean society with participating artists such as Koo Eunjeong, Woosung Lee, Huh Need-you, and Yezoi Hwang. The book presents the works of these four artists along with essays by Tari Young-jung Na, Nam Woong, Hyunjin La, Gyusik Lee, Dozin Lee, and Hangye. Planned by 6699press, this publication is an attempt to expand on the narrative and reach of the exhibition.
- About the Author
Koo captures interpersonal and societal relationships in a uniquely lyrical perspective. Solo exhibitions include Today's Pace and Density (Songeun Art Cube, Seoul 2018) and The Tide Is Coming (SpaceLine+, Seoul 2017), and group exhibitions include Summer Love (Songeun Art Space, Seoul 2019) and Desert, Fairies, Spring (Seogyo Experimental Art Center, Seoul 2018).
Lee focuses on individual relationships while at the same time presenting different sides of Korean society through the medium of paintings. Solo exhibitions include Prepared for You (Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul 2017), Pulling from the Front, Pushing from Behind (Art Space Pul, Seoul 2015) with participations in multiple group exhibitions such as Adventures in Contemporary Painting: My Way (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Cheongju 2019) and Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Boundaries (ACC, Gwangju 2018).
Huh explores the social meanings that our bodies possess, and inspires contemporary queer discourse based on their own worldview. Huh has participated in such group exhibitions as Beyond the Moon (Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin 2018), Post-Cyber Feminist International (ICA, London 2017), and Biennale of Moving Images (Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires 2016).
Hwang is more inspired by personal histories than grand discourses on society. She explores her own stories through family photographs and portraits. She presented a solo exhibition titled Mago (d/p, Seoul 2019) and showed works and also helped to program multiple group exhibitions including Open Your Storage (Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 2019), The Scrap (Seoul 284, Seoul 2018) and others.
Nam is an art critic who writes statements and critical essays. Nam is also active with Solidarity for LGBTQ+ Human Rights of Korea.
La dreams of collecting our present days to head to the future.
Lee lives for today.
Born in Gimcheon in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea Hangye grew up living in Seoul and Gumi. Currently, Hangye keeps busy writing poetry and critical thought pieces.
Tari Young-jung Na
Na is an LGBTQ+ activist who works at Family Equal Rights, Women with Disabilities Empathy, Center SHARE for sexual rights and reproductive justice, Network for Minorities and Refugee Rights, and Network for HIV/AIDS Human Rights Activists.
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