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Sophie Jung at Kunstraum

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
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An installation and performance piece

As part of my Fine Art studies, I was encouraged to visit different museums and galleries in London. Following the advice of my tutor, I went very innocently to visit Sophie Jung's exhibition in Kunstraum, Old Street. Expecting a basic installation exhibition, I discovered the whole new universe through texts, installation and performance.

Indeed, the first thing you discover about the space is that it is quite random and messy. Exploring it, you keep on discovering new things and begin to identify themes. First, the sea elements - sand, mussels, hermit crabs, stones and coasts drawn on the floor. Also, a recurring shape of helixes and twisted newspaper. In contradiction to these natural elements, many home elements are displayed - headphones, carpets, books, as well as pieces of glasses and mirrors. From being at first very self-conscious of where I walked, I gradually began to want to touch and feel everything, even more so because I was left alone in the space.

But you cannot really understand Sophie Jung's work without seeing her performances. Upcoming events include Thursday 18 May, 7pm and Saturday 27 May, 6pm. During this performance, she explores the different themes and areas of research she is interested in, as well as completely putting on a show.

For example, she explains Newton and Leibnitz's theories. She also develops on the theme of borders and seas. First, she is not from England, but Switzerland and Kunstraum is a gallery space hosting only Swiss artists. It is, therefore, an island in this foreign country.

She also draws borders on the floor using the sand, like the final image in Thelma and Louise but transposed in space. The presence of Chanel nail polishes is also a reference to the word "channels". Finally, a recreation of the Statue of Liberty, built by the French for the US, which welcomes foreigners in New York City. She sings yodel, opera, Abba songs and Christian songs, all very well.

In all, it is quite an immersive artistic experience, not the usual Tate Modern exhibition. Go quickly see it if you want to discover something different.
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Phone: 07949 919 835
Where: Kunstraum, 21 Roscoe Street, London EC1Y 8PT
Cost: Free
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