Seekee Chung

Seekee Chung‘s (1979) works are best described as 3-d windows. In a recessed rectangular framework covered with frosted glass she places cut-out fragments of photographs beside and behind one another. Seekee Chung searches the Internet for her images. Frequently these are interiors in which the light is coming in from outside through a window, natural forms of trees and plants and here and there an indication of people. With these elements she builds a new world looming up from behind the frosted glass as in a dream or like a vague memory. This suggestion is intensified by lightening up the windows from the rear in a subtle, mysterious light.

After the light boxes Seekee Chung made further works with photograph fragments  overlapping eachother, be it in a more shallow frame. Subjects were a dense forest around Mount Fuji in Japan, infamous for the number of suicides commited there, and images of deserted towns and luna parks. Currently she makes pastel and charcoal drawings that share the mysterious sometimes eerie atmoshpere of the photo works. First she made a series of drawings based on Murakami’s novel Cat Town, followed by drawings of Chinese and Japanese women. The latest works show dimly lit empty rooms in which a deer cautiously moves around.

1979born in The Netherlands


1999 – 2003Royal Academy of Visual Arts, The Hague, The Netherlands
lives and works in The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2010Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008Estec, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2007In the Mean Time, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

group exhibitions

2011TWENTY, 20 years Galerie Maurits vd Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2010Daire hosts Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Daire Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey

Contemporary Istanbul, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Istanbul, Turkey

2008Found Footage, Galerie Mirta de Mare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Mirta de Mare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

No man’s land, Fas 3, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007Gambatte, Galerie Kingkong, The Hague, The Netherlands
2006Jack of Hearts, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands
2005GAF, The Hague, The Netherlands
2004Powercurrent, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

awards, grants

2008Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, basisstipendium

Stroom Den Haag, invest subsidy

2009Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, startstipendium

Stroom Den Haag, invest subsidy