Sophie Jung

Künstlerin, externe Mentorin

Sophie Jung (lives in London and Basel) works across text, sculpture and performance, navigating the politics of re/re/representation and challenging the selective silencing that happens by concluding. She employs humor, shame, the absurd, raw anger, rhythm and rhyme, slapstick, hardship, friendship and a constant stream of slippages. 
Her sculptural work consists of bodies made up of both found and haphazardly produced attributes and stands as a network of abiding incompletion, an ever changing choir of urgencies and pleasures, traumas and manifestations that communally relay between dominant and minor themes. Jung hopes for agnostic alliances, cross-material solidarity and assemblages that defy resolution. Her approach to “stuff”—both legible utensil and metaphoric apparition sits somewhere between materialist responsibility and wild becoming. Her writing exists in the tradition of écriture feminine and lives as polyvocal collage, often materialized and extended collaboratively. 
Recent exhibitions include Reifiction at Diana*; Move at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Roma, A Portrait at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; They take it seriously, I think it’s interesting at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Dans l’air les machines volantes at Hangar Y, Paris Meudon; Sanetroyem at E. A. Shared Space in Tbilisi; Unsetting at Istituto Svizzero, Milan; Sincerity Condition at Casino Luxembourg; Taxpayer’s Money for Frieze LIVE; Dramatis Personae at JOAN, LA; The Bigger Sleep at Kunstmuseum Basel. Jung is currently working on her first monograph with Mousse Publishing. In 2016 and in 2019 she won the Swiss Art Awards and in 2018 she was the recipient of the Manor Kunstpreis.

  • Sophie Jung, Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, 2018, Blain Southern London, photo: Peter Burleigh