Nayun Jang

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Dr Nayun Jang

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Nayun Jang is an art historian specialising in contemporary lens-based art in East Asia. Nayun’s research centres on the examination of how artists resist the selective formation of official memories and create counter-hegemonic ones. At the same time, she is concerned with investigating the pertinence of lens-based images in the construction and representation of collective memory. Her doctoral thesis, Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia, analysed lens-based artworks in South Korea, Japan, and China to show how second or third post-World War II generations of artists draw attention to and work with historical events that have been downplayed, repressed, or forgotten.

Originally from South Korea, Nayun received a BSc in Clothing and Textiles (minor in Business Administration) from Yonsei University, a MA in Art History and Theory from Hongik University, and a MA in History of Art from University College London. Funded by the Korean Government Scholarship, she completed her PhD at The Courtauld, under the supervision of Professor Julian Stallabrass. She is currently working on her first monograph project based on her thesis, funded by the Arts Council Korea.

Nayun has worked on various curatorial and research projects internationally. Her recent projects in which she participated as a freelance researcher include Lee Bul: Crashing (2018) at the Hayward Gallery and the Korean Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). In 2019, she co-founded an online curatorial and research platform called greenroom, funded by the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture. On greenroom, she curates performance art and regularly produces critiques on contemporary documentary and performance practices.

Teaching

  • 2019/20: Associate Lecturer (co-teaching with Dr Zehra Jumabhoy), MA Special Option, Documentary Reborn: Photography, Film and Video in Global Contemporary Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2019/20: Associate Lecturer (Seminar Leader), BA2 Constellations, Mapping Contemporary Asian Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2018/19: Guest Lecturer, A3 Special Option, After Midnight: Contemporary Art in Postcolonial India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2017/18: Associate Lecturer (Seminar Leader), BA2 Constellations, Mapping Contemporary Asian Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2011: Teaching Assistant, Modern Art History (BA), Theories of Postmodernism (BA), Understanding Western Art History (BA), Museology (MA) — Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.

Research interests

  • Contemporary East Asian art
  • Collective memory & amnesia
  • Post-memory & generational shift
  • Postcolonial memory
  • Nationalism
  • Modernism in East Asia

Publications

Forthcoming publications

  • Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia (Funded by the Arts Council Korea).
  • ‘Nayoung Jeong: Expansion and Variation of her Site of Memory’, Artist Nayoung Jeong’s Monograph (Forthcoming in 2019)

Recent publications

  • ‘Book Review: Dansaekhwa 1960s–2010s: Primary Documents on Korean Abstract Painting’, ArtReview Asia (Autumn, 2018).
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia’, Seaweed (1), 2007.
  • ‘Damien Hirst: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ (In Korean), Misul Pongpong, 2 (Seoul: Mijin e, 2017).
  •  ‘Review: Don McCullin at Tate Modern’ (Apr, 2019); ‘Review: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Tate Modern – The Alchemists of Memory’ (Dec, 2017); ‘Interview with Julian Opie’ (Dec, 2017); ‘Review: 2017 Venice Biennale’ (Jul, 2017); ‘Review: David Hockney at Tate Modern – On His “Different Way of Looking”‘ (Apr, 2017); ‘Review: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s at Photographers Gallery, London; Feminism, Then and Now’ (Dec, 2016); ‘Review: New Tate Modern’ (Sep, 2016) (All in Korean), Wolgan Misul (Monthly Art).

Conference papers:

  • ‘Rendering Invisible Memories Visible: Photography and Memories of the Pacific War in East Asia’, 2018 Annual Conference of The Association for Art History (AAH), The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, 5–7 April 2018.
  • ‘Rendering Invisible Memories Visible: Photography and Memories of the Pacific War in East Asia’, Sackler Research Forum’s AAH 2018 Conference Seminar, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 21 March 2018.
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia’, 2nd Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA), University of Zurich, 24–27 August 2017.
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia’, 12th International Conference on The Arts in Society, The American University of Paris, 14–16 June 2017.
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia’, PhD Symposium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 8–9 June 2017.
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory: Contemporary Lens-Based Art in East Asia’, Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS) 2016, SOAS, University of London, 7–9 September 2016.
  • ‘Art as Counter-Memory in South Korea: Noh Suntag, Kang Yong Suk, and Im Heung-Soon’, Modern and Contemporary Second Year PhD Symposium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 20 May 2016.

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