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A Perfect Alingual


Woohee Cho
in conversation with
Jisoo Chung

Edited by Vanessa Holyoak

Earlier this year, two LA and Seoul based artists, Woohee Cho and Jisoo Chung, had a chance to converse about how language plays out in their practices from an immigrant’s perspective. The conversation started around Chung’s contribution to a past group exhibition in Seoul, Silver is The Back of The Mugwort, and unfolded to a discussion of Cho’s video work, singular, weaving around themes of duality, codependency, othering, and alienation. Both artists’ practices are informed by their relocation to Los Angeles from Seoul and their experience of living in the US as Asian immigrants.

To learn more about Woohee Cho and Jisoo Chung and their most recent exhibitions, visit their websites at www.wooheecho.com / www.chungjisoo.com

Jisoo Chung is a visual artist based in Seoul and Los Angeles. Primarily working through video and installation, she traces the socio-culturally constructed languages found in quotidian objects and technologies. The psychological irony between the desire to be addressed within a dominant language and the desire to resist is relieved by the humor of linguistic failures, such as auto-correction and mistranslation within her works. Chung’s work has been shown internationally including at Matsutake Gallery, Paris; Frieze Film, Seoul; Euljiro OF, Seoul; Zuccaire Gallery, New York; Studio For Artistic Research, Dusseldorf; Seoul International New Media Festival, Human Resources Los Angeles, Seoul National University Museum of Modern Art among others. Her solo exhibition, Miss Kim Lilac, was held at Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul, in 2023.

Woohee Cho is a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and performer who was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His practice involves gathering text and data found in his daily surroundings, which he then turns into videos, installations and performances. He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA from Seoul National University. He has shown works in the United States, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, and South Korea. In Los Angeles, he has been included in exhibitions at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Other Places Art Fair, and LAST project. His experimental films have been shown in film festivals, including Ann Arbor Film Festival, OUTFEST, Cork International Film Festival, and Brussels Independent Film Festival. His solo exhibition, 10987YOU654ME32US1, was held at Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul in 2023.