Neo Geography

Neo Geography, CAN 2019

Edition: CAN, 2019

Illustrations: Color / Black-White

Pages: 176

Graphism: Notter + Vigne

Format: 17cm x 24cm

Language(s): English / Korean

Price: 35.-

Artists: Chloé Delarue, Tatiana Rihs, Matthias Sohr, Yuri An, Hwayeon Nam, Jeehee Park

Authors: Adeena Mey, Kyung Roh Bannwart, Mi-Jeong Lee, Seunghan Paek, Hyungmin Pai, Gahee Park, Martin Widmer


The encounter between two scenes, Swiss and South Korean. The occasion to rethink an exhibition format, the exchange between two art centres. These were the premises of Neo Geography I & II, a project involving three artists based in Switzerland - Chloé Delarue, Tatiana Rihs, Matthias Sohr - and three Korean artists - Yuri An, Hwayeon Nam, Jeehee Park. The six works produced especially for Neo Geography from the invi- tation of the curators Kyung Roh Bannwart and Adeena Mey to respond to their research, an attempt to go beyond certain curatorial contingencies. Its subjects were the architectural critics Sigfried Giedion and Young Bae Ahn whose textual and photographic montages drew a conceptual link between the two countries, the exhibition appropriating this exchange which, although it did not take place, offered a potential, actualised by the project.

Functioning both as the catalogue of the two exhibitions, at CAN and then at Post Territory Ujeongguk in Seoul in 2017, and including a series of texts by Korean curators and theorists, as well as by the project’s curators, this publication extends the research initiated around modernist thinking and the possibilities they offer to contemporary artists, between Switzerland and South Korea.