Bokyung Jun
1979. Seoul, South Korea

Artist, Co-founder and current member of ETC (Enterprise of Temporary Consensus) and Z-After

PHD 2016 cum laude in Painting, Ewha womans University, Seoul
MFA 2010 cum laude in New Form, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
MFA 2007 cum laude in Digital Media, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
B FA 2002 cum laude in Painting and Printmaking, Ewha womans University, Seoul
Solo Exhibitions:
2016 The Song of Sirens: Shining Dissonance, TEMI Artist Residency, Deajeon
2015 Conversation between Slant Cones, Gallery Chosun, Seoul
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 In-visible, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon
2017 Unused space project, The Buk Seoul Museum, Seoul
2017 Koganecho Bazaar 2017, Yokohama, Japan
Artist Residency:
2017: Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan
2016: ZK/U (Center for Art and Urbanistik), Germany
2016: TEMI Artist Residency, Deajeon
2012: Space Beam International Residency, Incheon
Grant/ Award:
2018: Exhibition Grant, Incheon Art Platfrom, Incheon
2016: Grant by Art Council Korea for international residency participation
2015: Visual art Grant by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

Bokyung Jun


Lapis Philosophorum

29.10.2018 to 23.11.2018

Bokyung Jun is an artist who works from the relational, the video, the installation and the poetry. In an attempt to know, preserve, archive and poetise manual works that are disappearing due to technical development, the artist makes encounters with people who have done manual labor for many years. In Buenos Aires, she met Elías Fernández, the founder and still an umbrella stand of the "Paragüería Victor", in the Boedo neighborhood and Lidia Quipildor, cook for more thatn 10 years of the 'ace Foundation.


Getting old is a process of writing a personal history. One African old saying goes, "When one elder man dies, one library is burned out." Like an annual ring of a tree, a human inscribes time in one’s body, and one’s skin becomes hardened with memories.

But redistribution of labor through urbanization, mechanization and digitalization through redevelopment alienates the old and the human body from the culture or art. These days structure or system only emphasizes the newness, speediness, and sophistication. I would like to "re-write" the relationship between art, labor, aesthetics and non-aesthetics by recalling the memories of relatively obscured individuals and redefining their relationship with history.

How has the value of the human body's significance been changed by industrialization and civilization? Unlike Taylorism, which empties work of meaningful content and generates alienation by emphasizing simple repetition in working process, is it possible to re-discover the aesthetic sensibility they have in their labor? If it was theoretically explained that the beauty and charm of the bodies in labor, it would certainly take the place of beauty in the field of aesthetics and be categorized as an art. But the beauty in labor did not considered as an art. In this regard, French philosopher, Jacques Ranciere, wanted to expand the arts with 'aesthetic things' instead of the norm of aesthetics. For him, the politics of aesthetics was made up of the logic of exclusion, so that all human beings could not participate in judging the status of beauty. I want to find the charm of people who have been excluded from the world of aesthetics but have potentials to be aesthetic elements.

The way I conduct a project is meeting (act), listening (story), and writing (visualization). 

The project that I want to pursue in Projecto Ace is an attempt to discover the aesthetic sensibility memorized in working gestures by recording people who keep one’s handcraft work. The concept has been borrowed from the field of alchemy. Alchemy, which believes that the universe is a mixture of the four basic elements (fire, earth, air, water), can be gained by combining these four elements well, and eventually gain the gold. However, to me, is not a simple material, but rather a psychologist C. Jung's opinion of self-liberation, self-realization. Jung emphasizes that the work of alchemists attempting to make gold is a "self-realization" that psychologically finds his own unconscious and completes him/herself. Self-realization is a 'homo artis (human who can do art)' who develops his own intellect and creativity and performs self-emancipation and self-artistry.