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a monograph in six volumes

Jun Yang’s monograph is a series of six books, which altogether form one monograph, though it might be surprising when looking at all issues. Formats, papers, covers, printing techniques, and most importantly, the name of the artist change: from June Young, Yang Jun, Tun Yang, Yi Chuan to Jan Jung, and Jun Yang. The six-part monograph is structured alongside key issues and key projects the artist has done over the past eighteen years.

According to its general definition, a monograph is a specialist work of writing on a single subject, usually by a single author. This is also the case here: the subject is the work of Jun Yang and the monograph is overseen by one editor, yet many authors write. However, the comprehensive Monograph-Project is not an overly ambitious monograph that celebrates one artist’s work—on the contrary, it challenges the genre of monographs, monographic and biographic writing centred round the persona of one artist and his oeuvre. The emphasis is placed on various subjects, all the more, the project suggests “different” artists by varying the name of Jun Yang. Monograph and biography turn themselves into subjects of examination.

Although different in content, format, materiality, design, and—not to forget— the slightly changing name of the artist, the single books will be interrelated: projects, aspects, and visual elements will be taken up time and again, reframed and re-discussed from different angles. Again, gaps are deliberately produced to keep the entire monograph as fragmented and fragile as the issues related to it. (BS)

The concept has been developed by Jun Yang and Barbara Steiner, and translated into a visual format by Oliver Klimpel. The Monograph Project is published with Jovis Verlag (Berlin).

Volume 1-3 published 2015.
Volume 4-6 published 2018.

Book 1: June Young, Book 2: Yang Jun, Book 3: Tun Yang; 2015
Book 4: Yi Chuan, Book 5: Jan Jung, Book 6: Jun Yang; 2017

Format: 250 x 353mm
The first book introduces three films: A SHORT-STORY ON FORGETTING AND REMEMBERING, 2007, NORWEGIAN WOODS, 2008, and SEOUL FICTION, 2010, – all dealing with memory: remembering and forgetting; lost identities and the construction of new identities.

Huang Chien-hung, curator, critique, Taipei
H Phoebe Huang Marzec, filmproducer, script writer, Taipei, Delft
Kim Sunjung, director of Samuso: Seoul; artistic director of Asian Culture Complex (ACC), Gwangju
and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang

Volume 2 YANG JUN
Format: 210 x 297mm
The second book with ‘proposals’; starting with A CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, TAIPEI (A PROPOSAL) which was a project at the Taipei Biennial 2008 – on the conditions of contemporary art and possible spaces in Taipei; the project lead to the founding of Taipei Contemporary Art Center 2009.
Book 2 further introduces two other proposals: DAM A MAGAZINE / A PAPER ABOUT / WITH DAEIN ART MARKET, Gwangju Biennale 2012 and MICRO M – A PROPOSAL FOR A PUBLIC SPACE – A CINEMA, Sharjah Art Foundation 2012

Amy Cheng, director of TheCube Project Space, Taipei
Meiya Cheng, chair of Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei
Vasif Kortun, director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul, Ankara
Claudia Pestana, curator, Seoul
and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang

Volume 3 TUN YANG
Format: 146 x 250mm
The third book deals with the reflection on ‘nature’ (the natural) and ‘artificial’ (the artificial), and the question of authenticity and the construction of images. This is also reflected in the artist’s work at the overlaps and the intersection of contemporary art and economical projects such as a restaurant, a garden and a hotel…
The projects featured are: COMING HOME – DAILY STRUCTURES OF LIFE, video/installation, Los Angeles, 2000; RA’MIEN, restaurant, Vienna, 2002; RA’AN, restaurant, Vienna, 2003; GFZK GARTEN/HEIDI, garden and shop, Leipzig, 2006-2011; CAFÉ PARIS SYNDROM, Leipzig 2007-2010; PARIS SYNDROME, video/installation, Guangzhou, 2008; TAIPEI CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, Taipei, 2009; HOTEL PARIS SYNDROM, Leipzig 2010; RA’MIEN GO, restaurant, Vienna, 2012; BECOMING EUROPEAN OR HOW I GREW UP WITH WIENER SCHNITZEL, performance/video, Berlin 2012.

Mami Kataoka, chief curator at the Mori Museum, Tokyo
Hu Fang, co-founder of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, Beijing
Denise Radulescu, curator, Bucharest
Tie Yang, owner ra’mien restaurant, Vienna
Dong Ngo, owner ra’mien restaurant, Vienna
Dirk Cwienk, café-manager, Leipzig
Heike Laser, café-manager, Leipzig
Johannes Ringel, frequent guest of Hotel Paris Syndrom, Leipzig
Angela Boehnke, depot manager, GfZK, Leipzig
Annett Koch, accountant, GfZK, Leipzig
Sophie Thalbauer, architect, Vienna
and texts by Barbara Steiner, and Jun Yang

Volume 4 focuses on Jun Yang’s socio-political projects. They address xenophobia, nationalism, gentrification, and China’s striving for power in the Southeast Pacific. It also introduces Yang’s realized and not realized projects in public areas. With text contributions by Claudia Büttner, Martin Fritz, Holger Kube Ventura, Jeff Leung, Barbara Steiner, Jun Yang.

Volume 5 centers on the artist’s personality, alter egos, double and plural identities. With text contributions by Yuki Okumura, Andreas Spiegl, Barbara Steiner, Jun Yang.

Volume 6 considers various forms of cooperation. Changes in authorship, breaches in identity construction, reflections on the roles of artist, designer, and editor form the conclusion to the Monograph Projects. With text contributions by Oliver Klimpel, Barbara Steiner, Jun Yang.

> Jovis Verlag, Berlin

>Volume 1-3
>Volume 4-6