Jeong Geumhyung is a dancer and choreographer whose practice began in the theatre and has recently extended to encompass installation. Her performances, which she describes as ‘duets’, feature the artist confronting monstrous ‘body-machines’. Jeong builds these by adapting various objects, from medical equipment and domestic technology, to take on human form. She sets up tense encounters suggestive of prosthesis, sexuality and agency, and the industries constructed around them. Recently she has begun to exhibit collections of her performance objects — which she refers to as her ‘collaborators’ — by arranging them on plinths under strip lighting like clinical specimens. Fitness equipment, party supplies, mannequins and medical apparatus are imbued with a bizarre anthropomorphic element and organised by unusual categories. Through her compelling performances and installations, Jeong explores the potential of human physicality, confronting anxieties and stereotypes regarding sexuality, the female body and artificial intelligence.

Geumhyung Jeong, Image Courtesy of Kunsthalle Basel.
Geumhyung Jeong
Seoul, 1980
Korea, South

Current Exhibitions

03 May — 11 Aug
Kunsthalle Basel presents South Korean artist and choreographer Geumhyung Jeong‘s first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Homemade RC Toy. At once tender and unsettling, the films, sculptures,...

Past Exhibitions

Geumhyung Jeong: Private Collection: Unperformed Objects

Delfina Foundation
28/09/2017 — 11/11/2017

Solo Shows

2019
Homemade RC Toy, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, CH (s)

2018
Spa & Beauty Berlin, KLEMM’S, Berlin
Spa & Beauty Seoul, SonEun Art Space, Seoul

2017
Tate Live: Geumhyung Jeong, Tate Modern, London
Private Collection: Unperformed Objects, Delfina Foundation, London

2016
Private Collection, Atelier Hermes, Seoul

2016 – Private Collection, Atelier Hermes, Seoul

Group Shows

2019
WHO CARES, New Galerie, Paris, FR

2018
Especula, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, BR

2017
The Public Body 02, Artspace, Sydney, AU
The Scrap 2017, 24 Wangsan-ro 9-gil Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

2016
The Promise of Total Automation, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien
CONVULSION Ltd.: further thoughts from new associates, Eastwards Prospectus, Bukarest
December, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul

2015
Who’s speaking?, KLEMM’S, Berlin
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, The New Museum Triennial 2015, New York, US
The Beast and The Sovereign, MACBA, Barcelona, ES
East Asia Feminism: Fantasia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
MOVE & SCALE, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul
Dancing Mama. Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul
The Beast is The Sovereign, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, DE
Asia Time, The 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial, CN

2014
HOME/WORK, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul
Gesture, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, DE
10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, KR
Code Act, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul

2013
Architecture &…ways out, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE
Casual Friday, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, DE
What’s work worth? Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE
¡No Dance!: Between Body and Media, ZERO/ONE Design Centre, Seoul

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Seoul Country of birth: Korea, South Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Seoul, South Korea