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Posted : 2012-11-05 16:24
Updated : 2012-11-05 16:24

Moon, Jeon win 2012 Korea Artist Prize

Artist duo Jeon Joon-ho, left, and Moon Kyung-won are the winners of the 2012 Korea Artist Prize. / Courtesy of NMOCA


By Kwon Mee-yoo

Artist duo Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho won the 2012 Korea Artist Prize, Monday.

Hosted by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (NMOCA) and the SBS Foundation, the Korea Artist Prize aims to support Korean artists advancing overseas and the winners will have priority in the NMOCA's overseas exhibitions.

Moon and Jeon presented "Voice of Metanoia — Two Perspectives" at the 2012 Korea Artist Prize exhibition along with three other candidates, Gim Hong-sok, Yee Soo-kyung and Lim Min-ouk.

The duo questions what art is and its role in society through installation and video works. Video piece "AVYAKTA" follows detective William Guest, who is sent from the future to investigate the role of art in society, while "Voice of Metanoia" reviews artistic discourses going on in the world by removing texts from posters from art biennales and triennials.

Moon and Jeon also participated in this year's dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany and received the Noon Award from 2012 Gwangju Biennale.

The judges said Moon and Jeon's work discussed the "social function of art" in a novel manner. The list of five judges included NMOCA director Chung Hyung-min; Museum of Modern Art associate curator Chong Do-ryun; Art in Culture chief editor Kim Bog-gi; Serpentine Gallery co-director of exhibitions and programs Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Kunsthaus Bregenz director Yilmaz Dziewior.

The works are on display at NMOCA in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province through Sunday.


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