Jooyoung Lee's work reflects an interest in language and translation.
It is often temporal or event-based and projects transgress the public/private divide, reiterating people’s innermost desires and intentions to the outside world. During her residency in Melbourne she conducted interviews with local cultural workers across the culture industry.
The work included video recordings of these interviews (also screening on local TV), a large stenciled window work, as well as a reading room and archives from other projects she has been involved in.
Lee works across a variety of media such as installation, video, text, collage, publishing, posters, interview and advertisement. Jooyoung Lee also works directly in the public environment, such as through interventionist performances, collaboration, conceptual fashion brands and magazine spreads. One example is her collage-poster series taking image samples from Internet blog sites, mass media and fashion magazines in Seoul. These were published in the local fashion magazine "F1 The Style” as a collaborative project.
One of Lees first collaborative projects during her residency at Ssamzie Space in Seoul, was with the artist collective Danger Museum, and later she developed the project "Radio Hue," in collaboration with Art Space Hue. This is a radio style sound work that forms a portrait of the Seoul art scene of 2004 through interviews and reports with the people working within it.
Jooyoung Lees most recent project is called Yeeonhee-dong 195 Residency Project where she invited and collaborated with a group of Scandinavian curators and artists who spent three weeks in Seoul doing a workshop-exhibition with a large number or gradually invited Korean artists. The project was an attempt to see what happens when the conditions for working together are destabilized and there is no clear structure and no clear division of power. The result was simultaneously successful and deeply problematic in many ways.
Alexie Glass, the director from Gertrude contemporary art space wrote after visiting the Yeonhee-dong project:
“Your practice has diverged from a preoccupation with individual production to seeking engagement, to some extent, through desiring the reformulation of approaches to collective initiative. Art for arts sake and art as an excuse for social engagement. Both are valid and I see you looking for ways out, around, above and below, seeking passages to take you deeper into an understanding of how interrelational connections are established.”
Interview project in Bergen
Jooyoung Lee's work