This work is an installation for the exhibition Brood Parasitism at Nanji exhibition hall.
In zoology, brood parasitism is a strategy practiced by some species of birds, like cuckoos, who lay their eggs in the nest of another bird and trick the host bird into raising the baby chick for them. In Brood Parasitism, each of five artists working in different media, is both the host bird and the parasite bird. They deliberately adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects of pre-existing art works by the other artists, and recontextualise them in their work. In this way, the exhibition focuses on articulating all semantic, associative and representational influences of artists on each other within a single art work.
I adapted the idea of Kyung Ryul Park, who raises a fundamental question about how images are looked at by relocating images and objects. Originally in Lost Corner (2018), a specific theme was determined and the work was arranged according to the exhibition venue’s architectural characteristics and the expected audience flow in order to highlight the particular theme. However, at Nanji, the original work will be re-presented without the original context or theme: elements will be removed – and added spontaneously – to open up a space to find something that was unnoticed before. This work is an experiment to see if I can liberate myself from my obsession with having a theme in my art practice.