*μ°λ¦¬μ ν ν (Totem for our Cat), 2022
μ΄μλΉ μκ°μμ νμ (Collaborated with Soobin Lee)
μνΈνλ¬κ·Έ μ°μ μ μμ§μ(Supported from APY)
μ¬μ§κ³Ό μμμ λ€λ£¨λ μ μ νΈ μκ°μ λͺ©μ‘°κ°μ νλ μ΄μλΉ μκ°λ μ»€νμ΄λ€. μ΄λ€μκ²λ μ€μν κ΅¬μ±μμ΄ νλ λ μλλ°, λ°λ‘ κ³ μμ΄ λ°κ°μ΄λ€. μ¬λλ§ μ΄λ κ³΅κ°μ κ³ μμ΄κ° λ€μ΄μ€λ©΄μ λͺ¨λ κ²μ΄ λ¬λΌμ‘λ€. λ¨μν μλ¦λ€μμ μΆκ΅¬νλ μ§ μμ κ³ μμ΄κ° μ¨λ κ³΅κ°μΈ λ°μ€μ μ€ν¬λμ²λ‘ μ΄μ§λ½νμ§κ³ , μ΅μ μ κ³ μμ΄ λμ μ μκ°ν΄ κ°κ΅¬κ° λ°°μΉλμμΌλ©°, κ·Έν λ‘ μμ£Ό λ€λ½λ λ½νλ ν΄μΈλμ»€λ 1λ° μ΄μμ κ΅λ΄ μ¬νλ μ΄λ €μμ‘λ€. κ°μ₯ λμ κ³³κ³Ό κ°μ₯ κ²½μΉ μ’μ κ³³μ κ³ μμ΄ μ°¨μ§κ° λμκ³ μ§μ λμμ€κ±°λ λκ° λ μ μΌ λ¨Όμ μΈμ¬νκ³ μλΆλ₯Ό μ νλ κ²λ μλ‘κ° μλ κ³ μμ΄ λ°κ°μ΄λ€. μ΄ μμ μ, κ³ μμ΄ λ°κ°μ΄ μ°λ¦¬μκ²λ ν ν μ΄ μλκΉ νλ μκ°μμ μΆλ°νλ€. μκ° μ μ νΈμ μ΄μλΉμ κ·Έλ€μ΄ μ μ±μνλ μ‘΄μ¬, λ°λ€κ³ λλ΄μΌ νλ μ‘΄μ¬μΈ κ³ μμ΄λ₯Ό ν ν μΌλ‘ κΈ°λ¦°λ€.
βν ν μ λΆμλ©λ¦¬μΉ΄ μΈλμΈ μ€μ§λΈμμ‘±μ΄ μ΄λ€ μ’ λ₯μ λλ¬Όμ΄λ μλ¬Όμ μ μ±μνμ¬ μμ μ΄ μν΄ μλ μ§λ¨κ³Ό νΉμν κ΄κ³κ° μλ€κ³ λ―Ώκ³ κ·Έ λΒ·μλ¬Όλ₯λ₯Ό μ§λ¨μ μμ§μΌλ‘ μΌμ λ°μ μ λνλ€. μ€λλ ν ν μ΄λΌλ λ§μ μ΄λ° μ μ μ¬ννμμμ μ§λ¨μ μμ§μ΄λ μ§νλ‘μμ λΒ·μλ¬Όμ΄λ μμ°λ¬Όμ κ°λ¦¬ν€λ λ° λλ¦¬ μ°μ΄λ©°, ν ν λ―Έμ¦μ΄λ ν ν κ³Ό μΈκ° μ§λ¨κ³Όμ μ¬λ¬ κ°μ§ κ΄κ³λ₯Ό λλ¬μΌ μ λ Β·μλ‘Β·νμ΅ λ±μ μ λνλ μ²΄κ³λ₯Ό κ°λ¦¬ν¨λ€.β
ν ν μ μΈκ°μ μμ¬μ μ€λ μ‘΄μ¬ν΄μλ€. κ·Έλ¦¬κ³ μ€λλ μ°λ¦¬μκ²λ κ°μμ ν ν μ΄ μ‘΄μ¬νλ€. κΈ°κΊΌμ΄ μ μ°©κ³Ό μ μ μ μμλΆκ³ κ·Έλ‘ μΈν μ μ½μ λ°μλ€μ΄λ©°, λ§μΉ λ°λ€λ‘ λͺ¨μ¬λλ λ¬Όμ€κΈ°μ²λΌ λ³΄λ κ², λ£λ κ², μκ°νλ λͺ¨λ κ²μ΄ κ·Έκ³³μ μ΄λ₯΄λ¬ κ°λ ₯ν μ μμ΄ λλ€. μ°λ¦¬λ νλμΈμ μ§ν±νλ λ΄λ°ν μ μ μ λμμ ν ν μΌλ‘ ν΄μνκ³ κ·Έκ²μ λ€μνκ² ννν΄ λ³΄κ³ μ νλ€. λν κ°μμ κΈΈμ κ°λ μλ‘κ° κ³΅ν΅μ μ‘΄μ¬λ‘ μ°κ²°λμ΄, κ·Έκ²μ΄ μ΄λ°ν μμ μ μνΈμμ©μ νμ΄λ΄κ³ μ νλ€.
Artist Jungho Jung working in photography and video and artist Subin Lee working in wooden
sculpture are a couple. Another important member of this family is Milgam, their pet cat. As the cat has come into a space where only people were residing, everything has changed. The inside of the house seeking simple beauty was messed up with boxes the cat hid in and scratches she made.
The furniture was arranged optimally in consideration of the catβs movements. Setting out on a more than one-night domestic trip was impossible, let alone overseas travel. The best place to look out was taken by the cat, and as soon as one of them comes home or leaves home, they first say hello to Milgam, not each other. This work starts from the idea that Milgam may have been a totem for them. Jungho Jung and Subin Lee honor of the cat they have to hold sacred and take care of as a totem.
βThe word βtotemβ derives from the Ojibwa, a North American Indian tribe that adopted certain plants and animals as a collective symbol of the tribe, holding them sacred and believing that those are in a special relationship with the group they belong to. This word today is widely used to refer to animals, plants, and natural objects as collective symbols or tokens. Totemism is a reference to institutionalized systems such as beliefs, rituals, and customs pertaining to several relationships between totem and a human group.β
Totems have long been with us in human history. Each of us has our own totem. We gladly have an attachment to and readily accept restrictions brought on by this totem. All we see, hear, and think is influenced by beliefs in terms of this totem. We interpret a secret object of our affection by which we are supported into a totem, trying to express it in a wide variety of ways. We also try to interpret artistic interactions triggered by all of us who form a community while going our own separate ways.