Semin Hong is a multidisciplinary South Korean artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995. She studied MA Fine Art at UAL Chelsea College of Arts in London and BFA Painting at Hongik University in Seoul.
In her installations, videos, and sculptures, Semin reimagines various relationships ones have with the place we call home. By conducting activities such as repotting the plants, building a temporary shelter in a gallery, and making a map of people’s longing places, she unfolds contemporary context of memory, place, identity, and belonging. She isolates the elements of home -whether they are architectural fragments or gestures extracted from dim memory of home- and inserts them into a new context.
Initial response to Semin’s inquiry takes the form of a film. The residual quality of memory plays a prominent role in her filmic research. She utilises a mixture of found footage and her own video recordings from vastly different time periods, juxtaposing them together to bridge disparate space and time. The installation around the video generates specific conditions for viewer perception where her film narrative finds a physical continuation. Objects used in installations function as lexicons indicating personal imageries from her nostalgic memory of first home. For Semin, objects she creates are more like notes in a tune, each of which has its own manner of appearance, later accumulated to complete the ephemeral, oneiric landscape.
Her recent performance in collaboration with artist Lilly Yang, focuses on the broader meaning of home, playing with the expectation of domesticity and stylised repetition in its space. In spite of culturally specific references or materials staged in each performance, they intentionally create an ambiguity and welcome the finitude and fragility inherent in domestic rituals.