About the artist
Minji Kang studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 2011. She graduated in July 2018 as a Meisterschülerin of Prof. Martin Gostner.
From 2007 - 2009 she studied photography at Seoul Institute of the Arts.
About the work
Objects have properties that do not correspond to the function attributed to them – one can speak here of the potentiality of objects. My work on and with the object begins without a concrete idea of what the work will be at the end of the process. This variability requires a flexible methodical approach. The original function of an object is transformed in the course of my inventive process without acquiring a new, unambiguous function. The result is an object that allows a multitude of meanings to be attributed to it.
My objects are often composed of packaging material, which I use as a negative form. The positive has little in common with the product for which the material was once created and allows for the variability of meaning that I want.
The viewer of my works is therefore not offered a concrete goal of interpretation. The works rather give a starting point and encourage the viewer to start thinking.
In the narrative of the text, one person, Jeanne, moves from one room to another. The only thing that remains constant is her continuous movement.
The works (Intra and Kaserne, Zeitscape), to the left and right of the text work are directly connected to it. Here in the room they form an ensemble. Through their spatial proximity, the installations suggest that they can be places mentioned in the text.
The work Schlafsarg locates itself, formally and content-wise, in a kind of intermediate stage.
The large photo wallpaper is Waterfall. The original photo shows the dismantling of a high-rise building. Through various interventions, the motif was transformed, creating a new context.
In the last work, Timbuktu, the form of the packaging comes to the fore. The shape reminded me of Islamic temples in Mali, Africa.