Past Exhibition

Jun Yang: The Overview Perspective

April 20 – June 3, 2018

Jun Yang: The Overview Perspective

The title of the exhibition, The Overview Perspective — derived from the term “overview effect”, which describes a shift in the awareness of astronauts during their space flights when they view the earth whilst in orbit. Looking at the earth as a blue dot in the universe, looking at oneself from the outside, means both stepping back and gaining distance as well as a shift in perspective – a parallax.
The exhibition is not a retrospective – but the works shown at the exhibition and produced for it describe a shift in perspective, both looking back at a series of his older works and within the narration of the exhibition. There is a shift away from a personal level (from salariiman to superman, Jun Yang and Soldier Woods) to a social and political standpoint (Camouflage – Look like them, Talk like them; Becoming European or How I grew up with Wiener Schnitzel) and a historical perspective (The Age of Guilt and Forgiveness and The Buck Stops Here). Then there is the view from a distance, from outer space (Across Stars and Seas, The Overview Perspective). It also tells the story of ‘moving away’ from a scenario where the artist appears in his own performances and speaks about his own history in order to address social issues – finally, he disappears both as the ‘creator’ of the work and the sole subject/object.
The exhibition draws connections to The Parallax Hanok at the Art Sonje Center, which Yang realized in 2016. It marks the conclusion of The Monograph Project, which also functions as the catalogue for the exhibition. The Overview Perspective at Art Sonje Center is the start of a series of solo exhibitions, continuing at the Kunsthaus Graz, 2019.

About Artist
Jun Yang is an artist based in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama. Having grown up and lived in various different cultural contexts, Jun Yang examines in his artistic work the influence of clichés and media images on identity politics. His works encompass various mediums – including, film, installation, performance and projects in the public spaces while, addressing the problem to institutions, societies and audiences.
Previous exhibitions include the Biennal of Sydney 2018, the Gwangju Biennale 2012; the Taipei Biennial 2008, the Liverpool Biennial 2006, the 51st Biennale di Venezia 2005, and the Manifesta 4 in 2002. He is the recipient of the 25th Otto Mauer Art Award and the Award for Fine Arts of the City of Vienna 2017. He is also one of the founders of Taipei Contemporary Art Center; which evolved following a project he initiated in the Taipei Biennial 2008.


● Lecture Performance: Jun Yang
Date: 2018. 4. 19. Thu, 6: 30 pm
Venue: Hanok, Art Sonje Center
Admission: free
* No reservation is needed.

● Artist’s Book Talk: Monograph Project 
Date: 2018. 4. 21. Sat, 4 pm
Lecturers: Jun Yang & Oliver Klimpel(Designer)
Moderator: Helen Jungyeon Ku (Associate Curator, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea)
Venue: Hanok, Art Sonje Center
Admission: Adult 5,000KRW / Student 3,000KRW
* The registration would be closed first 40 arrivals.

About the Oliver Klimpel 

Oliver Klimpel works at the intersection of art and design. Born in East-Germany and living in London for more than 15 years, he relocated to Berlin three years ago. Trained originally as a graphic designer he has been working with international art institutions on questions of spatial displays, discursive interiors and alternative forms of publishing, including exhibition designs for Tate Modern, London, a commissioned installation for Arc en Reve, Centre of Architecture in Bordeaux, France, and currently a new foyer concept for Kunsthaus Graz, an artmuseum in Austria. Educational projects form another important part of his practice. From 2008 to 2015 he was professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany.

April 20 – June 3, 2018
Jun Yang
Organized by
Art Sonje Center
Supported by
Arts Council Korea