Sojung Jun, 'Despair to be reborn', 2022. Courtesy the artist and Barakat Contemporary

Barakat Contemporary: Yunchul Kim, Chung Seoyoung, Sojung Jun

1 - 17 December, 2022

Barakat Contemporary will present three solo exhibitions of Korean Artists, Yunchul Kim, representative of the 2022 Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, Chung Seoyoung, a defining sculptor of the Korean contemporary art scene since the 1990s, and Sojung Jun, awardee of the 18th Hermes Foundation Missulsang, at NO. 9 Cork Street.

Yunchul Kim has shown the potential for imagining and creating a different kind of reality beyond the realm of human experience, based on his explorations into the essence of materials as the foundation of all things. His artistic body of work is a journey through a dynamic world of undulating light and flowing materials, and it also represents the moment where physical properties of matter, usually suspended and unseen, manifest in new ways through a sense of their depth.

Seoyoung Chung works with her sculptural investigation on the by-products, which the artist refers to as “social evidence”, that came from the reorganising structure of Korean society. Through her practice, the distinctive presence of these objects in the context of the country’s industrialisation is often resolved and revealed by traditional methodologies of sculptural practice.

Using the language of video and writing, Sojung Jun is interested in creating a nonlinear space-time to awake a new awareness of history and the present or in how the changes made in physical boundaries penetrate daily sensorial experiences. In particular, she has produced works that weave with her personal experiences by paying attention to people standing on the boundary amid the ruins of modernity and invisible voices.


Yunchul Kim, La Poussiére de Soleils (The Dust of Suns), 2022, LPDS solution, acrylic, motor, microcontroller. Courtesy the artist, Biennale Arte 2022. Photo by Roman März

Sojung Jun, Despair to be reborn, 2020, 24min 45sec, single channel video. Courtesy the artist and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. Photo by Sangtae Kim

Installation view of Chung Seoyoung: Knocking Air, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Barakat Contemporary. Photo by Jeon Byung Cheol