Sophie Jung (lives in London and Basel) works across text, sculpture and performance, navigating the politics of representation and challenging the selective silencing that happens by concluding.
Her focus is on disrupting dominant scripts through subversively introduced tremors.
She employs humor, shame, the absurd, raw anger, rhythm and rhyme, slapstick, hardship, friendship and a constant stream of slippages.
Her sculptural work consists of bodies made up of both found and haphazardly produced attributes and defines itself against the dogma of an Original Idea or a Universal Significance. Instead it stands as a network of abiding incompletion, an ever changing choir of urgencies and pleasures, traumas and manifestations that communally relay between dominant and minor themes.
She’s invested in triggering a de-categorizing of concepts and a de-conceptualization of categories and understands her approach to “stuff”—both legible utensil and metaphoric apparition—as a queering of historical materialism. Her writing is done in an intersectional-feminist spirit of écriture feminine.
Recent projects and exhibitions include Taxpayer’s Moneyfor Frieze LIVE, Dramatis Personaeat JOAN, Los Angeles, The Bigger Sleepat Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart and Block Universe, London, Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Waterat Blain Southern, London, Producing My Credentialsat Kunstraum London,Paramount VS Tantamountat Kunsthalle Basel and Centre Culturel Suisse, Unmittelbare Konsequenzenat Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Äppärätat Ballroom Marfa. She is currently working on a body of sculpture for her upcoming solo exhibition at Casino Luxemburg and a two person show at the Swiss Institute, Milan. In 2015 Sophie has spent six months in New York at ISCP, courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, in 2016 and in 2019 she won the Swiss Art Awards and in 2018 she was the recipient of the Manor Kunstpreis. She is a freelance educator and is currently on the jury of the Swiss Performance Art Award.
Foto: Sophie Jung, Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, 2018, Blain Southern London, photo: Peter Burleigh