One Life

@ Ahn, Jun

978-4908526220

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Presentation by Case Publishing:

" One Life is the latest publication by Seoul-based Korean artist Ahn Jun, consisting of 88 photographs taken between 2013 and 2018 in Seoul, Japan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and other regions of the world. In the photographs, Ahn captures apple suspended in mid-air, using a high shutter-speed. During the editing process, Ahn selected images which suggest the apples simply float in air, as if revolting against both gravity and fate itself, and thereby tries to expose the transcendence of moments from which all context had been stripped. With her photographs, Ahn gives shape to a peculiar metaphor of her view on life and death (life as process towards death) which had developed in her following the death of her grandfather.

The photobook was designed by Yoshihisa Tanaka, art director of the Tokyo Art Book Fair and Takeo Paper Show. Paper with a slight yellow tint surround Ahn’s images, in order to express subtly the change of a paper’s color over time. The design of the book follows the artist’s view on the world, accentuating the “memento mori” stance towards life expressed in her images which—while fantasy—penetrate deep into reality.

« How do I visualize life and death and place it before the reader? An understanding of life does not help soothe our inherent fear; but this in turn is what lends moments born as an interplay of chance and inevitability their special beauty.  »

   --   Ahn Jun

The book is concluded by a statement from the artist herself as well as an essay by Total Museum of Contemporary Art chief curator Nathalie Boseul Shin (both in English only)."

128 pages - Hardcover

Case Publsihing, 2018

Format : 25 x 32.6 cm

New - Mint condition

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$68.91

Ahn, Jun

Jun Ahn is a South-Korean photographer, mainly known for the self-portraits made from the roofs and windows of high-rise buildings. This work was published in the photobook "Self-Portrait" (Akaaka, 2018). She alos published in 2018 "One Life" with Case Publishing, a series of photographs of apples frozen and levitating in mid-air, that she considers a work on exposing transcendence and an expression of her vision of life as a process towards death... © Self-portrait from the eponymous "Self-Portrait" series
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