Minja Gu’s work examines the tension between individuals and the societal norms and institutions they inhabit. She establishes conditions in which interventions in these structures can happen through performance and dialogue, revealing their constructed nature. Her recent work has focused on food as the embodiment of society-specific contexts, histories and meanings. The project Con-tempeh-rary, for example, traces the evolution of the recipe for the Indonesian dish tempeh after it was introduced to the Netherlands during its rule over Indonesia. More recently, this dish then spread though Flemish Belgium through the Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn.
During her residency at Gasworks, Minja will continue her research on the spread, change and adaptation of food and the food industry that has occurred throughout history. From the Age of Exploration and Colonialism to the current era of globalisation, she will focus specifically on foods that spread during the period of the British Empire.
Minja Gu lives and works in Seoul. Her recent exhibitions include C as in Curry S as in Seen, Marion de Cannier Art Space, Antwerp; Who’s Who, Waley Art, Taipei (both 2016); And No Matter What The Phone Rings, 6th Moscow Biennial (2015); The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else, Witte de with, Rotterdam (2014); Trading Future, Taipei Contemporary Art Center; A Cabinet in the Washing Machine, Seodaemun-gu Recycling Centre, Seoul (both 2012); and VIDEO: VIDEO, ARKO Museum, Seoul (2010). She has been a resident at Hangar, Barcelona (2008), ISCP, New York (2011) and HISK, Gent (2015-16).
Minja Gu’s residency is supported by ARKO (Arts Council Korea) and she is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.