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
RohwaJeong
b. 1981
Solo Exhibitions
2020

rrrr, A-Lounge, Seoul

2019

Willing N Dealing Open Project by Rohwajeong, Space Willing N Dealing, 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

2014

Within Arm’s Length, Gallery Factory, Seoul

Return Trip, Galerie Dohyanglee, Paris
2010

Seoul Art Space Archive Room Open Invitation Exhibit, Seoul Art Space, Seoul

2009

Rohwajeong Solo Exhibition and Summer Festival, Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems

2008

The Detachable Pullout Supplement, Gallery Light-Box, Seoul

Single Room for 2 People(Emerging 8), Ssamzie Space, Seoul
2007

The Key in a Suitcase(Jinheung New Artist 2007), Jinheung Art Hall, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020

Or, Encens & Myrrhe, Galerie Dohyanglee, Paris

Welcome Back, Space ISU, Seoul
Never Ever Artistic, Sloppy Museum, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Quiet, Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul
Between Period and Hyphen, Old House, Seoul
Anamorphose: Depict but Blurry, Distant but Vivid, WESS, Seoul
Collecting for All, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2019

Minus Hours, Woomin Artcenter, Chungju

Scenographic Imagination, Beijing Commune, Beijing
The Way a Hare Transforms into a Turtle, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen
Geometry, Beyond Simplicity, Museum San, Wonju
2018

Will You Be There?, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei

Motif, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul
Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju
Le Temps des Pommes, L’espace D’art Contemporian ETE78, Ixelles
Still Life, Galerie Dohyanglee, Paris
2017

Lesson 0, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon

Typocraft Helsinki to Kyoto, Sonenan, Kyoto
Things of Factory, Gallery Factory, Seoul
2016

Typocraft Helsinki to Seoul, Gallery Factory, Seoul

Preparing the Next Piece, Nook Gallery, Seoul
The Moon, Round Like a Little Plate, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu
Neo-Eden, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou
The Thing That You Know, I Do Not Want to Know, La Compagnie, Marseille
Mousaï-Muses, Galerie Dohyanglee, Paris
Experiment Expression, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2015

Neutral Era, Artspace Boan 1942, Seoul

On the Way to Red, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing
Replaying the Scene, SeMA Nanji Exhibition Hall, Seoul
Klingsor’s Last Summer, HITE Collection, Seoul
Speculative Dust, Conner Art Space, Seoul
The Idea of North: Schizo-Geography, Amado Art Space, Seoul
Exhibition for 9: Help Wanted, Bundo Gallery, Daegu
2014

Open Lab, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon

Confession of a Mask, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul
6-8, Artsonje Center, Seoul
When the Future Ended, HITE Collection, Seoul
2013

No One River Flows, Kuandu Museum, Taipei

Life Is Very Beautiful, KAIST, Daejeon
Let’s Remain Courteous, HITE Collection, Seoul
Ex, Espace des Arts Sans Frontierés, Paris
2012

Work Out, Schloss Plüschow, Plüschow

Clothes, Ewha Art Center, Seoul
Open Sea-Dingos, Dongduk Art Center, Seoul
2011

Being with You-Dingos, Gallery B-hive, Seoul

The Day without Hands-Dingos, Ryu Hwarang, Seoul
2010

Zeitgleich, Werkstatt Galerie 20, Berlin

Extended Senses, Songwon Art Center, Seoul
Balmoral Blend, Arp Museum, Bahnhof Rolandseck
ASYAAF Invitation Exhibition, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul
Close Encounter, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju
Munjibang, Dibang, Seoul
Artist-Centered Network: Decentered, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju / Busan Museum of Art, Busan
2009

Artist-Centered Network: Decentered, ARKO Art Center, Seoul

Hong Belt Festival: Title Match, Gallery King, Seoul
Home & Away, MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang
2008

Intro, MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang

Ssamzie Space 1998-2008, Ssamzie Space, Seoul
Fashion Show, Moran Museum, Namyangju
Medium, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul
Residencies
2017

HIAP-Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki

2015

SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul

2013

Seoul Art Space Geumchon, Seoul

2012

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2010

Schloss Plüschow Scholarship, Plüschow

2009

Schloss Balmoral, Exchange Residency Program, Bad Ems

2008

MMCA Goyang Residency, Goyang

Collections

Seoul Museum of Art

MMCA Art Bank