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Jung Yeondoo's Vision: Bridging Korea, Mexico, and Migration

Source: Hyundai Motor Company

Seoul, South Korea - The cultural tapestry of migration unfolds in Seoul as the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series kicks off its 10th edition: *Jung Yeondoo  - One Hundred Years of Journeys.

A collaboration between Hyundai Motor Company and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), this landmark exhibition weaves a poignant tale of the Korean diaspora in Mexico with the enchanting journey of a prickly pear cactus from Mexico to Jeju Island.

In the elegant confines of MMCA's Seoul Box and Gallery 5 from September 6, 2023, to February 25, 2024, this evocative showcase features five mesmerizing works spanning video installation, photography, and performance.

Highlights include newly commissioned works such as *One Hundred Years of Travels*, *Imaginary Song*, *Generational Portraits*, and *Wall of Blades*.

Renowned artist Jung Yeondoo, the creative maestro behind this exhibition, delves deep into the symbiotic relationship between plants and humans.

He paints a vivid picture of a century-long exchange between Korea and Mexico, fostering a more profound empathy for these lesser-known stories.

DooEun Choi, Art Director at Hyundai Motor Company, eloquently remarks: "This exhibition invites reflection on the pervasive challenges of migration and diaspora triggered by various modern triggers. It offers an opportunity to embrace the future by understanding our shared past.

Jung's artistic oeuvre extends beyond this series.

His work is characterized by a unique blend of reality and idiosyncrasy, giving voice to immigrant stories and experiences in an environment of cultural intermingling.

In this way, the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series continues its laudable legacy and ushers in a new era that emphasizes Hyundai Motor's brand vision of "Progress for Humanity."

Since its inception in 2014, this partnership has illuminated the contemporary art scene, spotlighting luminaries such as Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho in 2021 and Choe U-Ram in 2022.

By supporting the major solo exhibitions of key Korean artists each year, Hyundai Motor underscores its commitment to nurturing Korea's artistic and cultural landscape.

Born 1969 in Jinju, Korea, Jung Yeondoo is based in Seoul. His dynamic portfolio oscillates between photography, video, and installation.

With a keen eye for intertwining fiction and reality, Jung's works bear witness to the poignant stories of everyday life, deftly blurring the line between visual art and performance.