Jesse Chun

Born 1984, Seoul, South Korea

Jesse Chun is a New York-based conceptual artist. Her work considers new translations of place, cultural memory, and identity through unlearning the frameworks of language. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and BFA from Parsons the New School for Design. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows in New York, Miami, Seoul, Berlin, Istanbul and Hong Kong. Chun’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, the Wall Street Journal, the Korea Times, Hyperallergic, Vice, and Art21.

Her body of work On Paper explores the notions of identity, homeland, and mobility. Drawing from her transcultural experience, Chun investigate bureaucratic travel with identification documents to examine the ways in which our identities are validated across borders. In Part I, she recontextualizes various passports’ watermarks into large-scale landscapes by employing methods of appropriation, scanning, and digital manipulation. In Part II, she construct concrete poems and photographs out of immigration documents by folding, organizing, layering the pages and erasing selective texts. In this body of work, Chun transform bureaucratic information to construct metaphors of our collective transit and identity.

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