siren eun young jung
Lyrics 1,2,3 is part of the Yeosung Gukgeuk series. The work closely follows first and second generations of Yeosung Gukgeuk actresses, who later became an important source of inspiration for the artist. Formally, this genre of theatre draws from Westernized aspects of traditional Korean music performance as well as from adaptations of pansori, a Korean genre of musical storytelling, to create what could be called a staged version of traditional Korean opera. Yeosung gukgeuk was widely popular in the 1950s before and after the Korean War. Yet, though yeosung gukgeuk met considerable success, it gradually lost momentum after the 1960s. Today yeosung gukgeuk is almost extinct alive because it’s not being taught or invested in. Siren eun young jung’s video work, Lyrics 1,2,3 analyzes and reassembles images of the interiors and exteriors of the stages that were once occupied by first and second generation female Gukgeuk actresses So-ja Lee, Young-suk Cho, and Deung-woo Lee. Widely known as gadaggi, a villainous supporting role, sammai, a skilled person’s supporting role, and nimai, a leading role, these outstanding actresses playing male characters are seen getting ready offstage for their onstage performance. The work highlights their affection for the stage by focusing on their daily activities offstage, wandering through landscapes, discovering object, remembering past moments, acting, and singing.