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Youngjoo Yoo is a South Korean artist who came to ´ace through an agreement signed with ARKO—Arts Council Korea. Youngjoo had been doing a Production Residency for four weeks, at the end of which she exhibited her video work entitled Can you hear me? in the Políglota Room of our studio.
I believe life itself can be art. Life and environment are important sources for my artistic practice. These influences are evident in my choice of subject matter, but they have also influenced the forms in my work.
I greatly admire Dieter Roth’s method of exploring life and art. Roth kept all of his diaries and notebooks, preserved everything he consumed and filmed even his everyday life until its end. I appreciate his enthusiastic and thorough working methods. However, my aesthetic principle is less about producing objects for my creative practice. Sometimes I feel that artists are about to ruin this planet due to our compulsion to produce excessively: too much value is placed on artifacts as outcomes. On a human level, I believe I have an ethical obligation to avoid polluting our world. Throughout my recent projects I produced as few new objects as possible.
Now I’m more interested in the wonderful collective, core human spirit and idiosyncrasies of humankind. In my making, I question and explore what remains if my work won’t exist as an artifact. This concern keeps me engaged, and expands the boundaries of this aspect of my work. The process of exploring creativity grounded in a sustainable, non-making ethos is liberating and engaging. I now focus on sound, interviews, performance and writing realised as installations as a way of maximising conversation and minimising the productions of the obtained outcomes.
1970 | Seoul, South Korea.
2010 | Masters in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art. Scotland, UK.
Seoul, Jeju. South Korea.
St-Louis. Senegal, Africa.
ArtHub, Kingman, AZ, USA.
WACS, Boryeong. South Korea.
ZK / U. Berlin, Germany.
Space Yang. Jeju. South Korea.
Waaw, St-Louis. Senegal, Africa.
Fundación Bilbao Arte Fundazioa. Bilbao, Spain.
Can You Hear Me?
Young Joo Yoo is an artist who works from a relational aesthetic, since, for her, the work of art consists of the moments in which she has conversations with other people. The rest is, in her understanding, a record of what was the moment.
In December 2017, during the last ´aceNITE of the year, we could see the edit of her project Can you hear me?. For this piece, Yoo invited six women from different places, professions and ages, and she asked them only one question: “For you, what is it to be a woman?”
In the video, their responses were muted and we can only hear the moments in which they pronounce sounds that are not words. This simple but profound gesture by Yoo generated discomfort in the viewer at first, but once we got used to it, we could observe with much attention the expression of these women, to whom articulating an answer to that question is not easy and, in some cases, touches very intimate places.
We appreciate the participation of:
María Cristina Cánaves
Ana María Mattioli
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.