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Artist
Yeawon Bong
Yeawon Bong digs into the huge violence that social structure inflicts on individuals and the principles concealed behind them. The modern society that she has felt vividly is insensitive to renovating and erasing the original form of the human beings, and in addition, classifies the individual according to an artificially standardized system. Yeawon Bong's work drastically exposes the classified results and visualizes the violent process in which individual is ruthlessly consumed.
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Artist
Yeawon Bong
Yeawon Bong digs into the huge violence that social structure inflicts on individuals and the principles concealed behind them. The modern society that she has felt vividly is insensitive to renovating and erasing the original form of the human beings, and in addition, classifies the individual according to an artificially standardized system. Yeawon Bong's work drastically exposes the classified results and visualizes the violent process in which individual is ruthlessly consumed.
Curatorial Essay
sense-memory-reality

In the 21st century, there is no absolute truth created by an absolute being. Art deals with the issue of presenting truth as a symbol. The artist embodies the phenomenological-synesthetic relationship between subject and object in the position of the mediator. Now the audience open up a third stage of interpretation with their own point of view.

An exhibition where viewers can fully immerse themselves in the works and internalize them is an exhibition that stimulates their senses and memories. This is because memories that the subject has felt and accumulated continue to be activated while appreciating the exhibition to determine the degree and attitude of absorbing the work. I do not mean a simple form that avoids the work of recalling the subject's negative memories, and only prefers the work of evoking beautiful ones. Rather, the works, which express tragic experiences such as oppression and violence, discrimination and loss, create a space for viewers to vent their negative feelings. This space is an area that extends the memory of anonymous individuals into a social visual language.

In the current global pandemic people lost their freedom to sense. They have to breathe with their respiratory organs covered, distance themselves rather than interact intimately with others, and cannot easily go where they want. In a situation where even the slightest act of enjoying time and space freely can have fatal consequences, the human body ironically craves more and more freedom. This kind of phenomenon reveals the “sense-memory-reality” connection. A large complex of individual sensory experiences is memory, and the systems of memory are the driving forces behind life.

In this exhibition, I want to visualize the way the structure of "sense-memory-reality" works in contemporary art in the pandemic era. The first stage of planning begins with focusing on reality located at the bottom of life. Yeowon Bong participates in this process to actively sense reality, organize a mass of memories in which various experiences are united, and then implement the work of reconstructing human life and society. Beyond the existing physical space, a web exhibition offers new ways for curators, artists and viewers to explore the body. The artworks on the screen will be accepted in different forms and placed somewhere in the subject's memory.

Dahee Min
Individual Work Essay
Yeowon Bong attempts to create unique work using “direct metaphors.” This term, which seems contradictory, proves a society surrounded by contradictions. Humans belonging to a virtual space called “media society,” in which we are constantly being recorded, monitored and attacked. In a web-like structure, one's eyes become unfocused and insensitive to concealed truths and constant violence. Yeowon Bong's two video works, Normally and Transmission of Structural Violence metaphorize violent events that have become entrenched in society in a straightforward and repetitive way.

"___ is abnormal and an act that violates the creative order." "In general, ___ tends to ___.” How can we fill in these blanks, and who has the right to so? In Normally, a sculpture that used to be colorful is cruelly cut down by an indistinguishable person or thing, and all the colors except one are violently removed – in different directions, at different speeds, under different orders, but the results are all the same. They are eliminated because they are not “normal.”

Societies have their own tacit conventional wisdom and taboos. There is a potential for social sanctions and violence to be imposed when people stray outside the norm. These threats are everywhere in life. In the face of everyday modifiers such as “generally.” “normally” and “usually,” individuals encounter the reality of having to fit themselves to the universal standards of society. "Normally, ___ is ___.” This sentence encapsulates the problems posed by the Yeawon Bong. It is questionable whether what is called "normal" is the result of such violence and concealment.

Another video, Transmission of Structural Vibration, describes a more specific process of violence. Yeawon witnessed a self-contradictory situation in which one social minority group enacted violence against another in the same way that it had suffered. The experience is depicted as a video. The simple sequence of rocks hitting chicken eggs and eggs hitting quail eggs again is repeated for about 5 minutes. The eggs rush toward the quail eggs, as if they are avenging their mistreatment by the rocks, but in conclusion, all eggs remain cracked. This brutal conflict structure, with no winners or losers, is reminiscent of the power pyramid of society. The impersonal violence performed by the strong againt the weak under the vertical structure is imprinted on the unconsciousness of the weak, causing the feelings of distrust and hatred to sprout, and requiring other objects on which to transfer its emotions.

Yeowon Bong creates emphasis through repetition. The repeated visual shock the artist gives to the viewers induces them to continue to feel and remember so as not to collapse in the balance of power with society or become insensible to ever-present violence. Yeowon Bong's working category extends to the realm of reality. She stresses that viewers should always be awake, so that neither the trivial nor the consequential things they encounter in their lives easily negatively affect them.

Dahee Min