SeMA NANJI Exhibition Hall, Seoul, Korea
William Ludwig Lutgens
By your trace, By your shadow, is the title of the Nanji Residency International artists' groupshow exhibition which will be held from April 24th to 28th. The first question was how can we build our own artistic position in this Far Eastern and Korean context. Through the remainders left by the person and betraying their identity ? Byung Chul Han, a philosopher who connects most of us, writes about the Eastern concept of the « authentic trace » which comes from zhen ji in classical Chinese. The idea of a trace which is not immutable, centered presence which avoid any change but a structure as a « memory-trace » subject to continual rearrangement and transcription. It is an « unending process, not by definitive identity but by constant change. ». This idea allows the European artists to experiment the other one by decentering themselves and find some connexions with their own identity and culture. Thus, they exhibit their artwork of this experience which embodies what Homi Bhabha calls the « interstitial perspective». « It is in the emergence of the interstices, [he writes], — the overlap and displacement of domains of difference — that the intersubjective and collective experiences of nationness, community interest, or cultural value are negotiated » Alberto Lomas Gancedo questions and connects biometry, borders and langage while Sophie Dvořák is interested in the reshaping of nature and its socio-political implications in South Korea. Her artworks interrogate the idea of preservation and modification of plants in relation to tradition and society norms. Anna Witt also examines the society norms by presenting a video of young adults who express their utopians political ideas. The combination of drawings and videos by William Ludwig Lutgens presents different situations experimented by the artist, who plays with cultural differences and stereotypes. Through his collaboration with the Korean artist Che-go Eun, they interrogate the fantasm of the Western man in Korea. Margaux Verdet works on the stereotype of « orientalism » in modern American art in dialogue with the archives of American attendance in South Korea.
- Margaux Verdet
Image: William Ludwig Lutgens, untitled installation, Happyland, 2019 (work in progress, in collaboration with Che Go Eun), mixed media, video, print, paper, variable dimensions.