RohwaJeong

A Tragedy Enacted Secures Applause That Tragedy Enacting Too Seldom Does

RohwaJeong

RohwaJeong is an artist team of one woman and one man who have been working together since 2007. This exhibition consists of sixteen video works produced throughout their time together, and thus represents a type of retrospective that allows us to see how these two artists have grown and worked together over the last thirteen years.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson. Although the meaning of these lines—“A Tragedy Enacted Secures Applause That Tragedy Enacting Too Seldom Does
”—initially seems simple and obvious, it is actually quite ambiguous. “Tragedy” is commonly thought of as a dramatic apparatus that reveals the essence of life, and the artists have said that the word is linked to the global disasters we have recently experienced. Hence, we seem to be witnessing a “tragedy enacting,” an ongoing dramatic reality with no end in sight. On the other hand, this tragedy must already have been inherent in our lives, since it is only revealed more clearly by certain events or chance, further suggesting that it will never end. The fact that these lines were written in the nineteenth-century seems to confirm this conclusion.

still life(Copenhagen) 2019, single channel video, 10:00 loop ( ) Promenade -folding screen 2014, edited performance documentary Bubble Lab 2014, single channel video, 12:48 Careful Plan 2014, single channel video, 04:32 Milk 2014, single channel video, 07:49 Moving - unchangeable 1425 2013, single channel video, 02:32 ROTATION 2013, single channel video, 20:40 Collaborate with Heera Kim(Composer), Trio catch(musician) Between a and A 2010, single channel video, 02:07 loop 86 days packed 2010, single channel video, 14:21 loop Grow up 2009, single channel video, 15:25 loop Das Leben Der Anderen 2009, single channel video, 03:21 Black mountain 2014, single channel video, 02:13 still life(Nohwa-do) 2017, single channel video, 02:42 loop Play in the Frame 2016, single channel video, 05:05 Framed Play 2016, single channel video, 01:01 Momentous 2016, single channel video, 01:37
still life(Copenhagen) 2019, single channel video, 10:00 loop ( ) Promenade -folding screen 2014, edited performance documentary Bubble Lab 2014, single channel video, 12:48 Careful Plan 2014, single channel video, 04:32 ROTATION 2013, single channel video, 20:40 Collaborate with Heera Kim(Composer), Trio catch(musician) still life(Nohwa-do) 2017, single channel video, 02:42 loop Play in the Frame 2016, single channel video, 05:05 Framed Play 2016, single channel video, 01:01 Milk 2014, single channel video, 07:49 Momentous 2016, single channel video, 01:37 Black mountain 2014, single channel video, 02:13 Between a and A 2010, single channel video, 02:07 loop 86 days packed 2010, single channel video, 14:21 loop Grow up 2009, single channel video, 15:25 loop Moving - unchangeable 1425 2013, single channel video, 02:32 Das Leben Der Anderen 2009, single channel video, 03:21

RohwaJeong’s work process consists simply of recording their performative lives. In their first work Grow Up (2009), they remove tape from one another’s shoes, a scene that has now taken on new meaning. For more than a decade, they have used their videos to document the shared activities, exchanges, travels, movements, performances, and entertainments of their daily lives. One of the key aspects of their art is their playful communication or exchange of messages with other artists, as seen in ROTATION (2013). On the other hand, their 2014 video (  ) Promenade – Folding Screen, a collaboration with performance artist Minhee Park, shows how the frame of the camera and the screen can be a factor in formal expansion or dramatic entertainment.

Their most recent works, entitled Still Life, refer to words written by tying thread onto a window screen in a place where they are staying temporarily. In art, “still life” generally refers to an image of inanimate objects, but it can also be read literally, as in, “This is still life.” Delicately appearing in the window screen against a backdrop of beautiful scenery, these simple words become a slogan providing us with inexhaustible inspiration for our lives. Perhaps someone who sees this video will be the next person to stay in that room. Looking outside and seeing this phrase, that person might hear the sound of someone’s voice softly encouraging them with optimism, as well as a powerful message captioning the entire world as a beautiful still-life.

Artistic Director Jinsang Yoo
Rohwa Jeong
b. 1981
Solo Exhibitions
2020 rrrr, A-Lounge, Seoul
2018 Sunday Is Monday, Monday is Sunday, Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul
2016 Fringed with Joy, Amado Art Space, Seoul
2015 Live and Let Live, Space BM, Seoul
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Versatile Volumes, KF Gallery, Seoul
2020 Or, Encens & Myrrhe, Galerie Dohyanglee, Paris
Collecting for Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2019 Minus Hours, Wumin Art Center, Cheongju
Awards
2010 Arbeitsstipendien Schloss Plüschow, Germany
2009 Vermont Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship, Korea Honorable Mention, USA
Residencies
2018 Can Foundation, Seoul
2017 HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki
  Seoul Museum of Art Nangi Residency, Seoul
2013 Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul
2012 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2010 Schloss Plüschow, Germany
2009 Schloss Balmoral, Germany
  MMCA Goyang Residency, Goyang
Collections
Seoul Museum of Art
MMCA Art Bank
Ulsan Museum of Art