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Nayun Jang

PhD student; Associate Lecturer

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Thesis: Cultural Memory of Democratisation and Globalisation in East Asian Art

Supervised by Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Funded by Korean Government scholarship 2014-6

This research project aims to examine the contemporary art in East Asia, mainly in Korea, China, and Japan, focusing on cultural memories of the colonial past. Since the early 20th century, East Asian population has witnessed the successive dominance of a series of colonial powers. The Japanese empire occupied Taiwan and Korea for more than four decades; after the defeat of Japan in 1945, the country’s status shifted from that of coloniser to colonised due to the military occupation of the U.S. Despite subsequent requests of the regional integration and of the formation of pan-Asian discourse, the reintegration of East Asia requires the rethinking of pains and memories of colonial past. This thesis will analyse contemporary lens-based artworks in East Asia representing memories and amnesia of the prewar Japanese colonialism and imperialism, as well as of the U.S.-led neoimperialism which disturbed or continued the Japanese imperialism.

Education

  • 2013–2014 MA, ‘Staging Memory and History: Ilya Kabakovs Ten Characters‘ (Supervised by Professor Briony Fer), University College London, London, UK
  • 2010-2013 MA, ‘The Space of “Moving Memory”: Do-Ho Suh’s Home Series’, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2005-2009 BS in Clothing and Textiles, Minor in Business Administration, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2008 Exchange Student, Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Management, Poitiers, France

Teaching

  • 2011 Teaching Assistant, ‘Modern Art History’ (BA), ‘Theories of Postmodernism’ (BA), ‘Understanding Western Art History’ (BA), ‘Museology’ (MA), Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

Research interests

  • East Asian Contemporary Art
  • Cultural Memory & Amnesia
  • Postcolonial Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Democratisation
  • Globalisation

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