Reference monograph: the most comprehensive introduction to the Korean artist's postcolonial and feminist approach.
Community of Parting is an extension and continuation of Jane Jin Kaisen artistic practice.
Kaisen brings past and present, the eternal and the temporal into play through layered, performative and multi-voiced, feminist works that explore topics such as memory, war, migration, and borders in a field where individual experiences and collective stories intersect. Her works negotiate and mediate the means of representation, resistance and reconciliation, thus forming alternative genealogies and sites of collective emergence.
Presenting a selection of artworks realized between 2010 and 2020 through installation views and film stills together with a vast array of research material and archival documents, this monograph is the hitherto most comprehensive introduction to the artist's work. The book is composed of several interwoven voices: Community of Parting's film script that integrates oral testimonies with poetics by Kim Hyesoon, poetry by Mara Lee, and shamanic ritual chants by Koh Sunahn, accompanied by essay contributions by Heidi Ballet, Anselm Franke, Pujita Guha and Abhijan Toto for the Forest Curriculum, Anne Kølbæk Iversen, Jane Jin Kaisen, Hyunjin Kim, Soyi Kim, Yongwoo Lee, and conversations with Mary Kelly and Kim Seongnae.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen , in 2020.
Jane Jin Kaisen (born 1980 in Jeju, Republic of Korea) lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. Nourished by a long and detailed research phase, ranging from the exploration of archives and literary texts, to her own collection of images and sounds, her practice takes a particular interest in rites and memory. From a postcolonial and feminist perspective, she explores forgotten histories while trying to pinpoint the reason for this amnesia, and their political potential when they at last become known. She was one of the participants in the Korea Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of 2019. Her work is regularly presented in collective exhibitions, in particular at the Kyoto Museum of Art (2004), the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2017), the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018), and the SeMA Nam-Seoul Museum of Art (2019).
Edited by Anne Kølbæk Iversen and Jane Jin Kaisen.
Contributions by Kim Hyesoon, Mara Lee, Koh Sunahn, Heidi Ballet, Anselm Franke, Pujita Guha & Abhijan Toto for the Forest Curriculum, Anne Kølbæk Iversen, Jane Jin Kaisen, Hyunjin Kim, Soyi Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Mary Kelly & Kim Seongnae.