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.