Jeeyoung Lee
South Korea, b.1983


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Since 2007, Jeeyoung Lee 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 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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Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Installation, Individual Space , Introspection , Deconstruction, Stage of Mind , Imagination , South Korea

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
2009
MFA, Photography, Hongik University, Seoul
2007
BFA, Visual Design, Hongik University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2016
Stage of Mind: Just Another Day, Gallery GO, Incheon, Korea
2015
Stage of Mind, Naughton gallery at Queen’s, United Kingdom
2014
Stage of Mind, K11 art space, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Stage of Mind: Scene d’Esprit, Opiom Gallery, Opio, France
2013
Stage of Mind: obsessive compulsive, OCI Museum, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2017
Another Way of Telling, Suwon iPark Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea
Artful Living, West Village Printing House, New York
2016
The Need For My Care, Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, New York
Walk The Line, Opiom gallery, Opio, France
Art, Speak Incheon; Incheon, See art, Namdong Sorae Arts Hall, Incheon, Korea
HI LIGHT, Gallery Sai, Seoul
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Another Way of Telling