Performative Object, Yonghee Sung, 2016
Yonghee Sung (born in 1977) has been curating exhibitions and festivals with emphasis on Asian contemporaneity, performativity and the illusion of modernity. Sung holds an MA in Communication Theory and an undergraduate degree in Urban Engineering. He is currently the artistic director of Gwangju Media Art Festival (2017) and curator of Singapore Often Media Art Festival (2016~), where he seeks the ontological position and performativity of technical objects. Sung worked previously at the Asian Art Theatre (2013-2015) questioning “What is Asian art” and “What is contemporary art,” and for Bo:m (2009-2013), an annual international festival of interdisciplinary arts that wishes creative interactions between contemporary art genres. He was also curator at Alternative Space LOOP (2007-2009), where he aimed at producing alternative Asian art and culture by confronting Western-oriented globalization. Since 2015, Sung is co-founder and director of MAKU, a platform that promotes international connections between contemporary artists and curators.
Yonghee Sung’s residency is arranged by HIAP in collaboration with ARKO Arts Council Korea.