Jung S Kim was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She majored in Photography in Chung-Ang University. Since she built her career as a photographic artist, her work has been nationally and internationally exhibited in Kwangju Biennale, Daegu Photo Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Hanlim Museum (former Daelim Museum), Rencontres d’Arles, Filter Photo Festival, Humble Art Foundation, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, LA Center of Photography, New York Foundation for the Art, Asian Women Photographer Showcase Obscura Festival etc. Also, she was invited to attend The New York Times-Lens New York Portfolio Review and her work was chosen for inclusion in “Photography NOW” at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Kim won the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award, ’The Grand Prix Juror Award of Merit winners’ Fine Art Photography Award, C4FAP Director’s Choice Award and AHL Foundation of Visual Arts Award, the Honorable Mention of 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award. In addition, her “Circle” series has been published as “Zine Collection No 10, Circle” by Editions Bessard in Paris. Elsewhere she has participated in Soho Photo Gallery, Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery, SxSE Photo Gallery, HERE Art Center, Dean Project Gallery, Stieglitz Gallery and so on. Meanwhile, her work collected by FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporian), Luciano Benetton Collection, and Hanlim Museum(former Daelim Museum), The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Samtan Art Mine Museum. Currently Jung is living and working in New Jersey.
The CIRCLE series is a process of the introspection on my own in search of questions and answers about my true-self and core identity. I intend to disclose each of the layered persona and masquerade myself that was internally or extremely distorted with arrogance and prejudice, and enforced by social institutions and cultural frames, and draw out the flawless raw ‘I’. Based on the parodying western’s famous paintings or Buddha, adopting Korean folklores or fairytales and utilizing Korean gambling cards and props, each individual image was visualized and embodied in the methodology of self-portrait. The Circle series is a form of self-meditation to obtain equilibrium of my soul, and a personal open diary of the process from immaturity to maturity.