In her works, Cho Youngjoo (b. 1978) unravels practical concerns held by artists—specifically women artists—within sociocultural frames to share her experiences with colleagues and viewers. By interacting with people from diverse cultural spheres, she explores her internal conflicts, her external relationships, and her identity as a foreigner and an Asian woman in Western society and culture. Since her return to Korea, Cho has produced a series of works dealing with the issue of feminism in Korean society. Centering on her own experience of childcare and the nature of care work, she seeks to broadly relate to viewers. She is also simultaneously studying the art-historical image of the female body, how images of the body are recklessly consumed in the contemporary era, and the relationship between video, performance, and viewers.
Humangarten, Polyurethane, sponge, infrared lamps, installation, dimensions variable, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
Human beings don't spring up like mushrooms, Live performance (Choreography & Co-direction: Min Kyoung Lee), 25min, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
Feathers on lips, Single channel video (Choreography & Co-direction: Min Kyoung Lee), color, sound, 10min 30sec, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.
Watery Madams, Single channel video, color, sound, 11 min 46 sec, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.
Floral Patterned Romance, Single channel video, color, sound, 6 min 51 sec, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.