On Thursday June 5th at 7 p.m. Mbassy Unlimited presented:


Juhee Youn  


contemporary travel 




hosted by GEMAK and supported by the Austrian Embassy, The Hague


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Some of our guests with Juhee Youn.




Juhee Youn (*1977) is based in Seoul [KR] and works as an artist, performance director and art curator. She uses different media such as writing, installation, performance, video and photography. She is a graduate of Kyungwon University Korea  and the Dutch Art Institute. In her latest project titled contemporary travel, she explores tourism as a vehicle for introducing contemporary art in a local area. Yangyang which is becoming one of the hottest contemporary sites three hours outside of Seoul, primarily identifies as a tourist site during summer season but is largly influenced by Seoul’s economy, social developments, politics etc. Therefor Yangyang which means ‘the brilliant sunrise on the deep blue sea’ can, according to Juhee Youn, acquire contemporaneity by sharing various points of connection.







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Thousands of people travel to Yangyang from Seoul and other places, on New Year’s Eve, to watch the first sunrise of the year.





Visitors during Juhee Youn’s guiding tour through the exhibion in Yangyang curated by Juhee. They all traveled by bus from Seoul as part of a guided tour organised by Juhee Youn who performed the role of the perfect travel agent.




For her solo show ‘Youth, courage to face the past(2012, Insa Art Space)’,  she got a fellowship from the Korea Arts Council. Her recent solo show ‘Active pose(2014)’ was held at Gallery Button and Kwan Jinku Atelier. In the past exhibitions, she reflected on her role as an artist. As a curator she  organised the group show “Contemporary travel(2013)” at Ilhyun Art Museum, located in one of the famous beach areas of Korea, Kangwon Yangyang. This show will be followed up by  “The first sunrise in the world_Yangyang (upcoming in 2014)”. Both are focusing on the possibility to introduce contemporary art a the place mainly concerned with tourism. Yangyang is jam-packed with tourists from Seoul in the summer and on New Year’s day. Juhee Youn plans to introduce her project in Europe full scale in 2015 as a new inter-disciplinary art form.  



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all photographs courtesy Juhee Youn unless mentioned otherwise.

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It is not easy to walk when everyone is running. It is much harder to stop though.


The Kwon Jinkyu Atelier epitomizes the attitude. The atelier has been running as a place for preservation, rather than open communication since it was started fifty years ago by the sculptor, Kwon Jinkyu. It chooses the way to exist as it was, which is safe and easy, but not to run along as the world changed. Its time stopped at a moment of tragedy when Kwon Jinkyu died. Yet, while staying there, I realised thatwas my misunderstanding. I found that it is not easy to maintain an attitude surrounded by a rapidly changing world. What is more surprising for me is the calm space actually swung back and forth, by changes happening around it. It gives, however, only the slightest hint of movement.


Life drawing is the first stage for every budding artist across different eras and cultures. Tracing back in my memory, I felt wonder in my first life drawing class, that a few lines can describe a person, motion and even a situation. Nonetheless, the reason I no longer do life drawing for work are signs of pain – changes of face, breath and pose- that I observed from models who had to hold awkward and lengthy poses. There are no easy poses if they have to be maintained for a long time. A lots of models who visited the Kwon Jinkyu Atelier about a half century ago must have felt the same pains, and their wobbles were captured well in the sculptor’s hidden output – his drawings.


The most common definition of the word pose is to place in a position or attitude for a picture, photograph, or the like, but when it comes witha question, the phrase means to ask a question, or more precisely,to imply the need of asking a question for consideration. The former refers to a passive action directed by someone who creates visual images; but the latter can be an active attitude to enlighten people about a new discourse or a crisis they are facing. A link of a neck line and collarbone making an ideal angle of a model’s body; a lifted heel to show the small muscles of the body; and fingertips, each of which 

points in a different direction – these are all intended designs to attract people’s attention by visual artists. If the postures’ aesthetic angles are reduced, they are not very different from our attitude wholive life to the full with strong faith.

The exhibition is extended with the will and shakes of Kwon Jinkyu, who decided to stop in order to let the world know his real pose misinterpreted, me, the atelier whereboth – Kwon Jinkyu and me – have settled in and Hyehwamun, which keeps clashes between different eras to itself.

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All images courtesy Juhee Youn.


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