Jihyun Park at Fabrica | A journey in the Artistic Residency

February 2024 will mark the end of artist Jihyun Park‘s experience at Fabrica, Arte Laguna Prize’s partner residency for the 17th edition of the Prize (2022-23).

The artist was selected as the winner of the Special Prize – Artistic Residency and spent a six-month period at the Treviso location, developing a dedicated project and participating in workshops and meetings organized during the months of residency.

Fabrica is a research center for modern communication founded in 1994 from a vision of Luciano Benetton and Oliviero Toscani, is based in Treviso at Villa Pastega, in a space of magical architecture restored and expanded by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Fabrica’s goal is to experiment with contemporary communication through a constant contamination between different disciplines.

The space organizes many initiatives, including workshops, events and lectures open to the public, and will also be a partner for the 18th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize (2023-24).

Jihyun Park, an artist from Seoul, during his residency worked on the project Blooming in Embers, the end-of-semester exhibition hosted at Fabrica’s venue, with the inauguration evening on Februrary 16, 2024 at 5pm, including artist’s talks and performances. The theme of the exhibition is an analysis of a “post-human” future in which the types of future interactions beyond humans, and the interdependence between the Earth and its living beings, are analyzed.

The Arte Laguna Prize finalist artist’s project is How to Chill. Jihyun’s research explores environmental issues and mental health by proposing a “leaf space”, installations and participatory tea sessions, inviting reflection on seasonal changes and the Earth’s life cycle. It also introduces the character Dumble, infusing new meanings to the ordinary aspects of life.

The research also focuses on the climate crisis; in fact, the artist believes that the climate crisis is partly the result of the culture and systems of our tired society.

Jihyun engages the senses through her “leaf space” installations and participatory tea sessions, where the audience can observe the seasonal changes of leaves and contemplate the Earth’s life cycle.

He also introduces a character named Dumble, a symbol of the virtual world who embodies ideals. Through Dumble, Park seeks to transform everyday experiences by infusing ordinary aspects of life with new meanings, incorporating them into her narratives of leaf space.


Jihyun Park
Jihyun Park (1999) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up there, constantly questioning her surroundings to understand her environment better. She pursued her education in contemporary art and living design at Konkuk University, where she developed a keen interest in painting, sculpture, and digital art. Eager to explore various materials, she minored in living design, which provided her with valuable experience and knowledge working with ceramics, textiles, and metals. Since her youth, she has been fascinated with nature, leading her to extensively study natural materials and their effects.

Jihyun Park is the winner of the Special Artistic Residency Award set up in collaboration with Fabrica and will present her work at the inauguration open to all of Blooming in Embers: Friday 16, 2024 from 5pm.

17:00 Doors open – last entrance at midnight
18:30 – 19:00 Auditorium opening talk
19:15 – 19:45 Joe Habben presents ‘We are here Venice’ and ‘Association Poveglia per tutti’ auditorium
20:00 – 22:00 Roberto Cannarile (Interactive Sound Performance) auditorium
20:15 and 21:15 Allison Costa (Dance Performance) gallery
20:30 (every 20′) Jihyun Park, Winner of the Fabrica Special Prize at Arte Laguna Prize 17 (The Ceremony) area curva -2
20:30 and 21:30 Davide Balda (Workshop: Weaving New Materials) lounge
21:00 Maria Fernanda Vaca (Reading Session) area curva -1
21:45 Vivek Jain (Proto Cinematic Performance) ponds
22:15 Josephine Illingworth-Law (Musical Performance) auditorium
23:00 Dj Set with Fabrica residents and special guest gallery


Photo credits: Joe Habben | @joe.habben

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