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Jisoo Chung

Single-channel video with sound | 2018, 2021


Monitor screening viewable during daytime
Film projection best viewed after dusk

Jisoo Chung, Jason, 2021. Installation of still image and monitor showing single-channel video with sound. Image courtesy of the artist.

The LINE Hotel
3515 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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About the Project

Jason seeks to subvert the dominant language in digital technology, which excludes the artist’s Korean name, “Jisoo.” Digital devices and platforms have perpetually autocorrected her name to “Jason” since immigrating to the United States to study art. Using her hand to narrow the view, as if an aperture of a camera, Jisoo Chung creates vignettes that capture unassuming subjects—random male pedestrians on the streets of Los Angeles. This voyeuristic gaze aligns with the video’s narration, which includes various descriptions about “Jason,” collected from online profiles and the artist’s own imaginings. Jason evokes feelings of isolation, disembodiment and otherness that immigrants experience when their identities are renamed through autocorrection, mispronunciation or outright dismissal. Jason has been adapted for WE RISE 2021.

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WE RISE is the annual Mental Health Awareness Month initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s ongoing WHY WE RISE campaign, funded by sponsorships and Prop 63.

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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

- Julia Bogany. October, 2020.

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