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Jeamin Cha

  • Jeamin Cha’s questions exist in the gyre between individual and social environment, stepping over conspicuous strands of relation between the two in favor of cultivating characters that dwell in the night, under-noticed or otherwise surplus figures outside of mainstream societal representation. She works primarily in video-based installations, which oftentimes are the result of years of interviews, research, and a meticulous editing process. Her films are indexes of reality in its minutiae, both regionally specific to her native South Korea, and also purposefully roaming, fragmented and nonlinear, able to touch almost any contemporary population in the world. The subjects Cha conjures expand fluidly beyond the limits of her work, giving depth to figures ranging from an electrician to a trio of ancient garbage collectors, their paths echoing off of the urban environment, engaged in a web of political, cultural, and social factors. Her films have increasingly consisted of nuanced, unblinking meditation on political issues and their echoes within urban existence. It would be wrong to describe these films as positivist, or documentarian. Rather, they strive to capture the viewer’s affective affinities with a critical edge.

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Licensed Artworks

On Guard, 2018 (still)
This artwork is licensed by KADIST for its programs, and is not part of the KADIST collection.
Almost One, 2018 (still)
This artwork is licensed by KADIST for its programs, and is not part of the KADIST collection.

Programs

Li Binyuan, Freedom Farming (2014)
A4 x KADIST Video Art Screening Series
30 Aug 2020 – 27 Dec 2020
Jeamin Cha, Ellie’s Eye (2020), video still, 2-channel FHD video installation
Still from Jeamin Cha’s Sound Garden (2019)
Jeamin Cha, Fog and Smoke, 2013 (still)
Jeamin Cha, (Home)sickness
27 May 2020 – 16 Jun 2020
Jeamin Cha
Jeamin Cha
09 Dec 2019 – 19 Mar 2020
Jeamin Cha, Fog and Smoke, 2013. Installation view, Here We Live, February 13 to April 27, KADIST San Francisco. Photo by Jeff Warrin
Here We Live
13 Feb 2019 – 27 Apr 2019
Jeamin Cha

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Jeamin Cha’s questions exist in the gyre between individual and social environment, stepping over conspicuous strands of relation between the two in favor of cultivating characters that dwell in the night, under-noticed or otherwise surplus figures outside of mainstream societal representation. She works primarily in video-based installations, which oftentimes are the result of years of interviews, research, and a meticulous editing process. Her films are indexes of reality in its minutiae, both regionally specific to her native South Korea, and also purposefully roaming, fragmented and nonlinear, able to touch almost any contemporary population in the world. The subjects Cha conjures expand fluidly beyond the limits of her work, giving depth to figures ranging from an electrician to a trio of ancient garbage collectors, their paths echoing off of the urban environment, engaged in a web of political, cultural, and social factors. Her films have increasingly consisted of nuanced, unblinking meditation on political issues and their echoes within urban existence. It would be wrong to describe these films as positivist, or documentarian. Rather, they strive to capture the viewer’s affective affinities with a critical edge.