2019 Daegu Photo Biennale in Berlin Special Exhibition
Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz
Daegu Photo Biennale Special Exhibition
MorphO, isolation of (portable) pressure
Curator: Chiara Valci Mazzara, Kim Dohyeong
Artist: Jung Sungtae, Ricarda Roggan, Henrik Strömberg, Woo Changwon
Opening: 23.08.2019 (Fri), 18.00 Uhr
Daegu Photo Biennale Special Exhibition in Berlin 2019 has been conceived as the very first project in Europe, functioning as a junction between the city of Daegu and the European art scene.
The core of this exhibition revolves around the various systems of references which characterise the production of the artists based in two different geographical regions. That is precisely what guided me to select photographers distinguished by a remarkable prowess and to present their artistic practice through a careful selection of the pieces. The concept, developed as the exhibition theme, permits the presentation of a show which is cohesive yet multi-faced.
The artists, Ricarda Roggan, Henrik Stromberg, Jung Sungtae and Woo Changwon have been selected thinking about a common ground which relates to their visual and conceptual sensitivities and takes at the same time into account the different artistic process and aesthetics.
The theme of the show is the idea of MorphO (so written, where Morph-is the ever-changing pattern of the matter-figuratively and literally-and the O is an attempt to contain it and embrace it at the same time: like a circle). Morph-O, not metamorphosis neither morphosis, stands for the root of the word: 'morph' as for its etymological meaning. It refers to the shape, the change, the form of the object, the matter, its content, its form. The friction created by an ever-changing shape and the ever-changing pieces in reference to each other creates a dialogue based on a re-evaluated system of references. The aesthetics are different yet similar, based on a common intensity of the photographic investigation.
The portable pressure is the one of the objects, the physical weight and -figuratively- the one given by its past and new contents, its story and new life when translated in photographic works or in sculptural volumes.
The photographic pieces and the sculptures, interlaced on the occasion of the exhibition, will investigate the relation between the weight and the volume, starting from the past meanings and the nature of the subjects at times ephemeral at times steady.The various works, presented as in an ideal conversation, will allow the show to suggest an agile and immediate interpretation and a complex of meta-meanings.
-Foreword by Chiara Valci Mazzara