“Circle II #5: A stepmother,” 2010, archival pigment print, Ed 2/10, 22×20″

Jung S. Kim

The photographic body of work, Circle II is inspired by Korean folk tales based upon a simple dichotomy of good and evil and a clear-cut moral message that the good always win. I transform myself into these characters, visualizing them with a subjective point of view. The personalities of the characters in the narratives are re-interpreted, intentionally twisting them and either extremely beautifying or denigrating or sometimes mocking and caricaturing them.

Jung S. Kim (River Edge, NJ) is a photographic artist living and working in NJ. She was born and raised in Seoul and majored in Photography in Chung-Ang University in Anseong, Korea. In 2013, she was awarded as one of The 2013 Grand Prix Juror Award of Merit winners Grand Prix de Découverte: International Fine Art Photography Award. Consecutively, her Circle II series was chosen for Best of 2013, Hot Shot: New Photography Collection on Saatchi Art and PhotoNOLA’s 2013 Festival Finale Slideshow in New Orleans. In addition, her Circle I and Circle II series have been published as Zine Collection No. 10, Circle by Editions Bessard in Paris. In 2012, Jung received an award from the AHL Foundation Visual Arts in NY. Her work has been shown Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy and exhibited nationally and internationally at Arles Photo Festival in France, Kwangju Biennale, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Daelim Museum in Korea and HEREart Center, Coohaus Art, Elga Wimmer PCC, Dean Project in NYC, and is included in the collections of FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporian) in France, Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy, and Samtan Art Museum, Daelim Museum in Korea.