Yeondoo Jung (Korean, b. 1969) is a photo and moving image artist whose feature-length silent work Documentary Nostalgia (2007) is quietly astonishing. Named by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul as artist of the year, Jung imagines his own biography as a series of colorful and elaborate locations that "flow" into one another. Shot in one static, unbroken take, like those found in very early film, Documentary Nostalgia records the transformation of six dense sets (room, rice field, city street, pasture, etc.) into a final cloud-capped summit. The fixed camera observes a carefully choreographed team of workers and actors changing scenes, donning costumes, and even leading cows to graze as the artist's own life swirls by. It is at once a riff on reality, a dreamy performance piece, and a genuine work of cinema.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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