Sophie Jung


Born 1982 in Luxembourg. Works and lives in Basel and London.

Sophie Jung studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (BA Fine Art) and at Goldsmiths, London (MFA Fine Art). Her practice addresses representation and its pitfalls, both culturally as a system of disguised and shifting signs and personally as a way to track and record life. She regularly negotiates between form and affect, pragmatism and romance, between scrutinizing accuracy and magical awe. She has a deep trust in temporary definitions, plays with concepts packed into words, objects or facial expressions, shifting their assumed meaning from work to work to sentence to song. Her position is on the apronproscenium, the pre-stage, as a fluid messenger between reception and production of timelined purport. Her work is strict, slick and abstract as well as emotionally involved, performative and overly literal; the intersection of form, structure and rhythm with the messy, perturbed and oddly sentimental is the underlying tone in her work, be it video, performance, sculpture, text or photography.

Recent projects and exhibitions include Äppärät at Ballroom Marfa, Eh, co - Nah cis. Us! at Kunsthalle Basel for Jungs, Hier Kommt der Masterplan and Uncanny Valley at Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, UK. Future projects include a reading with Fiktion: New Writing Group at ICA, London, a new performance for Art16, curated by Nicoletta Lambertucci, the Transversal Writing Seminar at the School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm as well as Poetry off the Page (working title) curated by Frances Loeffler at Oakville Galleries, Ontario this June.
In 2015 Sophie has spent 6 months in New York at ISCP, courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, which she received in 2013. In March 2016 she was awarded the LEAP - the Luxembourg Encouragment for Artists Prize.


Education / Residency

2015 - 2016         
Residency at ISCP, New York - courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg (6 months)
2012 - 2015         
MFA Fine Art with distinction, Goldsmiths, University of London
2009 - 2011         
BA Fine Art, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

Double and Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, Blain Southern, London UK
It's Not What It Looks Like, Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna
Thusly, Pimary, Nottingham, UK

Producing my Credentials, Kunstraum London, London

, as we all know, Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg

New Waiting, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn
Ode on a Grecian Holiday, Ruine München, Saarbrücken, DE

Between the lines: A cleverer woman or a more sincere one, Sophie Jung & Germaine Hoffmann @ Belle Air, Essen    
Double, with Shana Moulton, Medienwerkstatt Wien, Vienna
The Sorcerer and her Apprentice, with my grandmother Germaine Hoffmann, Galerie op der Kap, Mamer, LU
Throw Up / On Line @ Kiosk, Haus für Elektronische Künste Basel, Basel
Three Chords and the Truth, Centre d?Art Dominique Lang, Dudelange, LU

Learning About Heraldry, Ceri Hand Gallery, London
Touch that Angel, Touch my Angle, AICA Kiosk, Luxembourg
Selected Group Shows / Projects (Selection)

New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel

Cosmic Words, Municipal Gallery, Lisbon
Indique La Fin, Signe La Débauche, Atelier Meraki, Paris
Liste Performance Project, curated by Eva Birkenstock, Basel
Again, It Objects, Supplement Gallery, New York

You Talkin To Me?, Galerie Barbara Seiler, Zürich
Unmittelbare Konsequenzen, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
The Printed Room - Works off Paper, curated by Harry Burke, SALTS, Basel
Swiss Art Awards (Winner)
Not Everything Ties Down / Your Split Ends Are Showing, DKUK Salon, London 
Tarantallegra, curated by Nicoletta Lambertucci at Hester, NY
Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada
ING Unseen Talent Award, Neimënster, Luxembourg
You said suicide and I think half a boat is very broken. Performance for AIRTIME, Lithuanian pavilion, Julijonas Urbonas, XXI Triennale di Milano, Milan
Club of the Crowd, Performance for Local Transport, Southbank Centre, London
X-Examination, Performance for Fiktion at ICA, London
LEAP - the Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize, Rotondes, Luxembourg
Jumanji, Galerie Tatjana Pieters and Soft Focus Institute, Ghent

Jungs, Hier kommt der Masterplan, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Absent Image, Nectar, Tbilisi
Steichen! Making Meaning of a Legacy, BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Brussels
Fuera de Sitio, Gallery José Luis de la Fuente, Santander
Uncanny Valley, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, UK
Äppärät, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
The Eternal Internet Brother and Sisterhood, Tuscany
Driving the Point Home, Goldsmiths Degree Show 2015, London
10 one minute lectures on the passing of time: Idle / Idyll / Idol for Time Based Academy as invitee of Krzystof Honowski at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Inflected Objects #1, curated by Melanie Bühler for Istituto Svizzero in Milan, Milan
X&X, Oslo 10, Basel
London Nr.1, co-curated screening at Schwarzwaldallee Basel, Basel
Business as Usual, Set the Controls For The Heart of the Sun, Leeds
Dear Luxembourg (Yours, Bucktoothed GRL), Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg

Panda Sex, curated by Tom Morton, State of Concept, Athens
Go Mango!, Caustic Coastal, Manchester
Fair Enough, Radio show with Garrett Nelson for NONORadio @ Oslo10, Basel, during Frieze London
read the room / you've got to, curated by Quinn Latimer, S.A.L.T.S., Basel
Pick-me-ups & pick-ups, ICA, London
NY-LUX, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Episode 5: in the beginning, insitu, Berlin

We Proudly Present, Kunstraum Riehen, Riehen
HAUS: towards a messy singularity #fuckfrieze, curated by Jesse Darling & Takeshi Shiomitsu, London
Ma(r)king Territories, Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel
Changes - Chancen, Depot Basel, Basel
Night Loops, Legion TV, London
Implausible Imposters, Ceri Hand Gallery, London
Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

A Word for a Play, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
zeichnen zeichnen, toujours toujours, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse
Making Of, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
A4 - an exhibition on a piece of website, Kunstgebäude Stuttgart Schlossplatz, Stuttgart

Awards (Selection)

Winner Swiss Art Awards
Winner of LEAP - the Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize
Winner of ING Unseen Talent Award
Shortlisted for Luxembourg Woman of the Year in Culture
Laureate of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg
Bourse CNA - Aide à la création et à la diffusion en photographie
Laureate of the Levallois Photography Award
Performance / Readings / Scrennings

Moderna Museet Malmö, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, Bristol Diving School, Bristol, UK, Inland Studios, London, UK, The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK, I Never Read, Basel, CH, Photographers Gallery, London, UK, Jupiter Woods, London, UK, X Marks the Bökship, London, UK, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE, Space, London, UK, Institute of Contemporarie Arts ICA, London, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Wysing Arts Center, UK, Kunsthalle Basel, CH, ISCP, New York, Institut Kunst, Basel, CH, Réunion, Zürich, ICA, London, Horse Hospital for The White Review, London, Southbank Centre, London, Almanac, London, UK, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, CH

Publications of writing in / PALE Journal / Journal of Visual Arts Practice, Intellect / Hoax Publication / Paperwork Magazine I & II / Looking at Painting / Brooklyn Rail / The White Review (forthcoming) / HOTEL

Teaching / Lectures / Tutorials

Goldsmiths, University of London - 4 week MfA workshop on writing for performance
RCA, London
Institut Kunst, FHNW, Basel
Christies Education, London
Critique et Essais - Écriture de l'art contemporain, Strasbourg's University
Malmö Art Academy
Fine Art, the Art & Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University
RA, London