Ina Jang

Born in South Korea in 1982 she currently lives and works in New York.


Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BA in Photography in 2010, her work has been shown in countless galleries, including the Empty Quarter in Dubai, KiptonART, New York Photo Festival 2010, and the Humble Arts Foundation in New York 2010. She has been nominated for seven different awards, including „KiptonART Rising Award“ 2011, „Print Magazine's 20 Under 30“, as well as being selected as a FOAM Talent. She was a finalist at the Festival d'Hyères 2011, and returns to Hyères in 2012 to exhibit the result of a commission. Her works have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Dear, Dave Magazine, British Journal of Photography, and Foam International Photography Magazine.


About her work


Ina Jang creates work with a playful and poetic spirit. Minimalistic it is the simplicity of her work that reveals so much power. Constructive and deconstructive alike her work is physical, gentle, and humorous, introducing new meanings to familiar objects while exploring a collapse of dimensions in photography.


„I make images that are minimal and two-dimensional by layering people, places and things to precisely execute ideas, but with the intention of discarding information.

As I want the ideas to be tangible, the process becomes rigorously physical and related to my personal experience in terms of making photographs; it often contains cutting, gluing and pasting mundane objects from real life, such as paper and cotton balls. The photographs are often figurative and unidentified, casting a suspicion upon the photograph’s agenda. I allow the viewers to question whether they are truly subjects or merely objects. I strive to depict an image that remains pristine and foreign to the viewers.

My works explore concepts of photography and its physicality, while their contents rely hugely on a playful mind, inspired by the time I spent with my sister when we were isolated from family and friends. During this time, I developed a way of escaping from the desolation and existential ennui.“ – Ina Jang

Education


2011    
School of Visual Arts, New York MPS Fashion Photography


2006 - 2010   
School of Visual Arts, New York Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography



Selected solo exhibtions


2017

„Utopia“ Musée des Beaux Arts, Le Locle, France


2013    
„A THOUSAND TIMES FAIRER...“
 The 8th Vladivostok Biennale of visual Arts, Primorsky Regional Drama Theatre of Youth, Vladivostok, Russia   
    
„in a world without words“ G/P + G3 Gallery, Tokio, Japan

2012    
„on the paper“ Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2011    
„so, too & very“ Curated by James Moffatt, Anagnorisis Fine Arts, New York, United States


2009    
„world“ School of Visual Arts, New York, United States
„xoxo“ Anagnorisis Fine Arts, New York, United States

2008    
„by Ina“ School of Visual Arts, New York, United States



Selected group exhibitions


2013    
„The Youth Code!“ 
Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


„Into The Future“ Isetan Department Store, Tokio, Japan


„P.O.V. (Point of View)“ Galerie Steph, Singapore


2012    
„Group Show“ Korean Culture Center New York, United States
„New York Photo Awards Exhibition“ Dumbo Arts Festival, New York, United States
„Unseen“ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands
„Daegu Photo Biennale 2012“ Curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer, Daegu, South Korea
„Myths & Realities“ School of Visual Arts (SVA) Gallery, New York City, United States
„Commisioned work“ Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France
„Icons of Tomorrow“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
„Flash Forward 2012“ Magenta Foundation, Portland Canada
„Photo Assignment Exhibition“ Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France
„Girlcore“ Orange Dot Gallery, London, Great Britain 


2011    
„Flash Forward 2011“ Magenta Foundation, Portland, Canada
„Foam Talent 2011“ Foam International Photography Magazine, Amsterdam, Netherlands
„Tokyo Photo 2011“ Danziger Gallery, Tokyo Midtown Hall, Tokyo, Japan

„Group Exhibition“ Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyeres, France
„New Visual Artists 2011“ Print Magazine, New York, United States


2010    
„KiptonART Rising 2011“ New York, United States
„Future Perfect“ Kuratiert von Stephen Frailey, KiptonART, New York, United States
„Mentors at New York Photo Festival“ NYPH’10, New York, United States
„Another Art Show“ Submergedart Gallery, Newark, United States
„Mentors“ Visual Arts Gallery, New York, United States
„Group Show 34“ Humble Arts Foundation, Online
„iGavel Emering Artist Auction“ Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Online


2009    

„Basically Human“ Kuratiert von Stephen Frailey, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

„Surface Life“ Visual Arts Gallery, New York, United States


2008    
„Our Lady“ Ist Art Gallery, New York, United States



Publications


The New York Times Magazine
British Journal of Photography
Foam International Photography Magazine
Print Magazine
Dear, Dave Magazine
Camera


Photo District News: Fine Art Issue
Urbanlike Magazine    
Thisispaper Magazine


Installation Magazine


Time Magazine


Fast Company Co.Design


Information DK Klip


Eloquoence magazine


Jalouse magazine


Time Magazine Light Box





Awards


2013
Foam Paul Huf Award, Nomination, Foam Fotografie Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands


2012    
Foam Paul Huf Award, Nomination
New York Photo Award, Personal Portfolio Finalistin, New York Photo Awards
PDN 30, Nomination Photo District News    


2011    
PDN 30, Nomination    
Foam Talent 2011    
Flash Forward, Gewinnerin    
Festival d’Hyeres, Finalistin
20 Under 30 New Visual Artists
Foam Paul Huf Award, Nomination


2010    
PDN 30, Nomination    
KiptonART Rising 2011, Gewinnerin    
Creativity 40th Annual Print, Platinum    
    
Creativity International Awards
The Tierney Fellowship, Nomination



Workshops


2013    
a+b+c | 2B.A Photography Workshop Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, Switzerland