Young-jun Tak

Young-jun Tak. Chained. Resin, fiberglass, paper, glue, 2020. Courtesy of the artist

Young-jun Tak tries to investigate some of the socio-cultural and psychological mechanisms that are part of shaping certain belief systems. He often raises questions about Christian fanaticism of today and its fear for bodily pleasures and diversity within our contemporary culture. In his solo exhibition at the gallery in Moscow in 2021, the video installation Wish You a Lovely Sunday (2021) was premiered, and it boldly combines and juxtaposes two distinctive spatial settings—a church and a queer club in Berlin. Both of the spaces pursue psychic fulfillment through passion, bodily rituals, and music, however, they often have different influences on socio-cultural structures, and contrasting approaches to the concept of otherness. As such, Tak attempts to provide viewers with some glimpses of the gaps that exist beyond the binary—and in that sense he claims that there should definitely be room left for some degree of uncertainty rather than claiming 100% clarification. In order to achieve this, his work allows itself to be partly self-contradictory. The visual and contextual coexistence of contrasts within each of his works unfolds the intertwined complexity of lives.

Solo Exhibition
2021 Wish You a Lovely Sunday, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia, organized by Center Stage, Moscow, New York

Exhibitions and Projects
2021 9th Berlin Masters, Wilhelm Hallen, Berlin, organized by Berlin Masters Foundation, curated by Philipp Bollmann
2021 Erschreckend aktuell / Frighteningly topical, Gabriele Senn Galerie, curated by Jörg Heiser and Sarah Khan
2021 LETTER (to us), a billboard project at Elsenbrücke, Berlin, Germany, organized by DISKURS Berlin, supported by Korea Foundation
Round 4, Art for Black Lives, Online
2020 Locked in, BKV Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
11th Berlin Biennale, The Crack Begins Within, Berlin, Germany
Szene Berlin, Hall Art Foundation / Schloss Derneburg Museum, Derneburg, Germany
2019 Show Me Your Selfie, DISKURS Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2019 PRO-TEST, Seoul Museum of Art Bunker, Seoul, South Korea
2019 Show Me Your Selfie, Aram Art Museum, Goyang, South Korea
2018 Schrein der Freundschaft, BKV Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
2018 A Strong Desire, PS120, Berlin, Germany
2017 15th Istanbul Biennial, a good neighbour, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
2016 The Others, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Award and Grants
2021 TOY Berlin Masters Award, Berlin Masters Foundation, Monique and Max Burger
International Exchange Program for Young Artists, Arts Council Korea
2020 International Exchange Program, Arts Council Korea
2016-2017 International Exchange Program, Arts Council Korea

Editorial Works
2019-2021 Managing Editor, the 13th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
2018-2019 Managing Editor, the 9th Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
2012-2015 Online Editor and Editor, Art In Culture, monthly art magazine, Seoul, South Korea

Education
Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
BA, English Language and Literature
BA, Cross-cultural Studies

Young-jun Tak. Miracles. Resin, wood, paper, glue, 2021. Courtesy of the artist