女子[Yeoja] A is a photographic work influenced by modern female artists from the end of 19th century to the 20th century: Nah Hyeseok, Sylvia Plath, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Virginia Woolf. The Enlightenment of the 18th century began to provide women with opportunities of high-quality education and open doors for them to go to society. However, the value of women has been underestimated because of deep-rooted male chauvinism and age-old bias against women. In addition, there is still the invisible glass ceiling, which requires women to follow their traditional roles and prevents them from displaying their talents. Ultimately, these social prejudices make it difficult for women to live the life which they dream of. Sadly, they are doomed to end up failing in life. Then, what may bring such a sad fate? The work, 女子[Yeoja] A, comes from a doubt why they have to go through such a tough life although they are well-educated as precious daughters in the great growth era of the 21st century.
While staying in London for study, Lena could meet female artists from various countries. For this exhibition, she explained female modernists’ lives above to them and gathered their personal opinions about those artists.
The film work was inspired by Street Haunting written by Virginia Woolf. In a city where women were not allowed to walk down the street, the great writer wandered around as much as she could and left stunning articles about her trail. The video was taken in the same city, following the places which she mentioned in the book.
Both displays are raising a question of how much change in women’s status has taken place in the 21st century: Are female artists allowed to walk around as freely as they want?
女子[Yeoja] A is a Korean word to refer to a woman meaning an adult female human being. The word of ‘A’ contains various symbolic meanings: Arts, Anonymity, Adultery, and ‘A person.’
Beyond Hearing is a photographic series to display private emotion and thoughts in journeys.
Lena has wandered alone around ordinary areas where she has traveled, thus far, she tries to capture the moment that look unfamiliar through lenses in order to perceive the space-time into pure-emotion in her own. It can be 'defamiliarization' with photography. Those places are ordinary and mundane places to natives. The aim of this work is to let it unfamiliar to even people to live there, including people who have never been there.
Beyond Hearing is also an attempt to display unnamed moment in photography. Human-being is a linguistic creature but there are various moments which cannot explained by words. Words such as empathy, sympathy and appreciation arise not only from human vocal language. The sense of sight conducts to derive appreciation without words, furthermore, it also can be named a part of language. Preferably, human can communicate in silence sometimes. This is on extension line of the belief that visual art can extend understanding by sympathy. Inside loneliness, human-being recognises its fate and it relates to deep understanding that is all of us are lonely.
In this reason, all photographs are taken by only film process.
SHOULD WORK ANYWAY is a documentary project to show the daily life in landmarks.
Through various journey, she notices that local labors support the touristic areas. Most landmarks are crowded with tourists. For foreign visitors, these are the most memorable places, but there is daily routine, even it is hidden.
The aim of this project is the capture daily labor among touristic scenes. The importance of the labor is easily washed when we travel, however, humankind cannot run away from works. Work exists whilst they are pretending to forget their daily life.
Phainestai is a photographic work to freeze instant moment. Painestai means to expose themselves in Ancient Greek. This is derived life is penance. However there are beautiful moments in life, and it can be the reason humankind can undergo its life, discovering the moment slightly.
It was taken digital and analogue process, also it was exhibited in Seoul, 2015.
파이네스타이는 순간적으로 사라지는 아름다운 순간을 포착하려고 했던 작업이다. 사진을 시작할 당시부터 2015년까지 여러곳을 여행하면서 담아온 순간의 기록이다.
누구에게나 삶은 괴로운 것이다. 그러나 삶을 버틸 수 있는 힘 또한 그 안에 있다. 순간적으로 사라지는 아름다운 장면들은 생을 버틸 수 있게 하는 버팀목이 된다.