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Practices | Apr 2017

YOUNGHO LEE’S FILM INSTALLATIONS
For the Viewing Bodies: Reversibility in Vision

Ferris Wheel, 2009, installation with 16mm loop, color, sound, 2’37”, mirror, projector, metal construction

Curated by Jovana Stokic

Overview

Youngho Lee’s complex film and object installations reached me as translations: via installation photos and short clips that document the display as they inhabited different exhibitionary spaces. This text is a document of the mediated encounter – as her work is meant to be experienced in the space, I am rebuilding this bodily encounter through fantasy. The phantasmatic projection I am after is what - I argue - her works share as a core interest in their representation. In her elaborate channeling of the modernist history of the moving images at the end of the 19th century, the artist is compellingly evoking our contemporary exhaustion in relation to modernism. Our own visions are so saturated by a shared digitized ecosphere that a visit to a gallery space has to act like finding a liminal space – in order to cleanse the visual sense.

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