Young-gle Keem is a Korean artist who came to ´ace through the exchange agreement signed with ARKO—Arts Council Korea. Young-gle makes videos with material from various sources, from her own records that she takes with cameras of different qualities to found-footage from the internet or archives. Her pieces, which involve a great deal of research and translation, could be placed between the genres of video-art and fake-documentary. She has also worked on a variety of documentary projects and graphic design.
As I have majored both in literature and visual art, my work unfolded on the intersection of a double interest: one is a research on the literary text as a visual subject, and the other is about a question on how to read the historical and cultural images as contemporary narratives and how to respond to them.
My central concern has always been the accumulation rather than a brief moment in time. For example, when I became interested in a ballpoint pen, my perspective passed through the material aspect of the pen and went on to permeate into the layers of “chatters” that revolve around the pen. This is an attempt to delve into the objects and phenomena at a slower pace as well as my will to examine, uncover anew, and rigorously restructure the language and images of our time.
Thus, it is important for me to draw in language into visual arts in an active manner. The basic methodology consists of bringing together literary imagination from the narratives and a collection of visual images selected among the modern and contemporary history as well as popular culture, and reflectively restructuring the aspects of the world. I believe this means to be a way of “artistic reading” and have continued on my work in various forms of publication, video, photography, and installation with a variety of text.
1980 | South Korea.
2012 | MFA, MA in Visual Arts at Korea National University of Arts. Seoul, South Korea.
2010 | BA in French Literature at Yonsei University. Seoul, South Korea.
2012 | Sangsangmadang. Seoul, South Korea.
Young-Gle Keem makes videos with material from a variety of sources, from her own records made with cameras of different qualities to found-footage from the internet or different archives. Her pieces, which imply a great work of research and translation, could be located between the genres of video-art and fake-documentary. During the ´aceNITE of December 2017, the Korean artist presented the video Non-Fictions, that took as an axis theme different aspects of the life of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. The title is a nod to his story book Ficciones (Fictions, in English).
The piece shows different areas of Buenos Aires such as where Borges was born or the library where he was the director, and the narration derives through other apparently unconnected themes.
Non-Fictions is a video that “storytells” from an absurd and sort of schizophrenic point of view.
Voice: Luciana Morelli (Argentina)
Artists in Dialogue
In the last ´aceNITE of 2017, we presented the projects of the artists in residence of November: Can you hear me? by Young Joo Yoo (South Korea) and Non-Fictions, by Young-gle Keem (South Korea).
Together with this two Korean artists who arrived at ´ace through and agreement with ARKO—Arts Council Korea, we invited Argentinean artists Micaela Trucco (artist from La Plata selected from the 2017 Semillero open call, who presented her work A-dorar / A-tesorar) and Eugenia Foguel (artist winner of the fellowship PATA-ACE-PANAL exchange residency, who shared with us part of the BKF Insertion project, developed during her participation in the PATA summer seminars, Poland).
An ´aceNITE where artists from different contexts showed audiovisual artworks in relation to femininity, age and memory, as well as a poetic essay on Buenos Aires and Borges.