JeeYoung Lee

Since 2007,  Lee JeeYoung shoots the invisible. Whereas traditional photography submits extracts of reality to our eyes, the artist offers excerpts from her heart, her memory, or her dreams. Restrained by the inherent limits of the conventional photographic medium, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance to it, in order to blow life into her immense needs of expression, and interrogation.


For weeks, sometimes months, she creates the fabric of a universe born from her mind within the confines of her 3 x 6 m studio. She does so with infinite minutiae and extraordinary patience, in order to exclude any ulterior photographic alteration. Thus materialised, these worlds turn real and concretise : imagination reverts to the tangible and the photo imagery of such fiction testify as to their reality.  In the midst of each of these sets stands the artist : those self-portraits however are never frontal, since it is never her visual aspect she shows, but rather her quest for an identity, her desires and her frame of mind. Her creations act as a catharsis which allows her to accept social repression and frustrations. The moment required to set the stage gives her time to meditate about the causes of her interior conflicts and hence exorcise them; once experienced, they in turn become portents of hope.


Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one the the most promising up-and-rising figureheads of the younger Korean artistic world. Following the huge success of her first solo show outside of Korea with OPIOM Gallery in 2014, her work was seen 500 000 times on Reddit in just 2 days and has been featured in the worldwide media from the USA to China (all international editions of the Huffington Post, NBC news, CNN international, France 3 National news, China Daily, etc.).

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Lee JeeYoung Né / Born : Korea, 1983
Vit et travaille / Lives and works : Seoul, South Korea

 


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES / SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Belfast Photography Festival (Ireland)

Art Stage Singapore (Singapore)

2014

Stage of Mind, K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, China)

Stage of Mind : Scènes d'Esprit, OPIOM Gallery (France) 


2013

Stage of Mind: Obsessive Compulsive, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul (Korea)


2011

Stage of Mind, Brain Factory, Seoul (Korea)


2010

BELT 2010: DAZED; Stage of Mind, Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul (Korea)


2009

DAZED: Stage of Mind, Gallery Kong, Seoul (Korea)

 


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES / SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
ART FAIRS / FOIRES

2015

Wonderland in SeMA, Buk Seoul Museum Of Art, Seoul (Korea)

Translation (Idong), Festival Corée d'Ici, Montpellier (France)

Imaginarium, Singapore Art Museum (SIngapore)

Sixth Sense, OCI Museum, Seoul (Korea)

 

2014

Wonderland in SeMA, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (Korea)

Art Miami CONTEXT, Miami (United States)

Entre Nous, SNAP/CU1 Gallery/OPIOM Gallery, Miami (United States)


2013

Public Art New Hero, Nemo, Seoul (Korea)
Succeeding, Gallery Lang, Seoul (Korea)


2012

Landscape of Moment, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea)
Art Nova 100, Enjoy Museum of Art, SZ Art Center, Beijing (China)
Interconnected Segment, ArtGate Gallery, New York (USA)
1st Chasing Art Award Exhibition, Gong Art Space, Seoul (Korea)
Instruction of the Contemporary Art, Posco Art Museum, Seoul (Korea)
AR festival, Asia Publication Culture&Information Center, Paju book city, Gyeonggido (Korea)
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China
StarWars Episode, UNC Gallery, Seoul (Korea)
Tasty Land, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Korea)
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, The Rotunda, Exchange Square,
Central (Hong Kong)


2011

Playing in Oldhouse 3, Old House, Seoul (Korea)
Art & Cook, Sejong Center, Seoul (Korea)
Casting Memories The Ahl Foundation Visual Arts Award Winners 2011,
Artgate Gallery, New York (USA)
Seoul Photo Festival 2011 Photo Review, Sema Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of
Art, Seoul (Korea)
Worldwide@Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
IYAP 2011 Society of the Spectacle, Interalia Art Company, Seoul (Korea)
Manner of Seeing, Gallery Boda Contemporary, Seoul (Korea)


2010

Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2010, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, (Japan)
Child In Wonderland, Cyan Museum, Yeongcheon (Korea)
12nd Sajin Bipyong Awards Exhibition, Gallery Illum, Seoul (Korea)
Insa art festival_Art to Design, Insa Art Center, Seoul (Korea)
Finacial News Art Festival Korea Contemporary Artist 110, Sejong Center, Seoul (Korea)


2009

Serotonin, Sema Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of art, Seoul (Korea)
Between the Wormhole, Gallery Illum, Seoul (Korea)
Eulim, Youngeun Museum, Kwangju-city, Gyeonggi-do (Korea)
Dong-gang International Photo Festival: Magic Flute, Yeongwol Country Council,
Yeongwol (Korea)
Real and Unreal, Gallery Lux, seoul (Korea)
Post Photo, Topohaus, Seoul (Korea)


2008

Post Photo, Topohaus, Seoul (Korea)


2007

Post Photo, Topohaus, Seoul (Korea)

 


BOURSES ET DISTINCTIONS / GRANTS AND AWARDS
2012-2013

OCI Young Creatives, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul (Korea)
1st Ghasong Art Award, Dong Wha Pharm, Seoul (Korea)
Monthly Art Magazine Public Art Invite New Artists 2012, Public Art, Seoul (Korea)


2011

12nd Sajin Bipyong Awards, Photospace, Seoul (Korea)


2010

Fnart Vision Award Special Selection, The Financial News, Seoul (Korea)
Selected for Photobelt 2010, Korea Print Photography Promotion Association, Seoul (Korea)

 


RESIDENCE PROGRAM

2012

OCI Foundation, Seoul, KO


2011

Playing in old house, Space CAN, Seoul (Korea)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Liquid Spaces (edited by R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, S. Borges), Gestalten, 2015 - pp 126-127

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