Chong Jae-Kyoo was born in 1949 in Daegu, South Korea.
He was graduated from the Beaux-Arts faculty at the Seoul National University in 1974 and he studied Malevitch’s Suprematism and Mondrian’s Neo-plasticism at Paris 1 University in the 1980’s.
He currently lives and works in Paris region.
His work consist in creating a new kind of plastic perception which can be spread out from the photographical image.
As a plastic photographer, he is aiming at offering a photographical experience through the plastic photo as a new perception, beyond the simple photographical image whose role is restricted to the representation of an event or an object. In order to reach this new and different perception of the photographical image, different from utility and imagination, he starts by the operation which reveals the structure of space and time. So, he proceeds in deconstructing the image as a representation and to reconstruct it as a photographical language as a perception. He uses plastic techniques like cutting, weaving and relief : the image is cut out, turned over or turned around and then put at the same place. It is cut out in thin strips or bands of 5 or 10 millimeters which are then geometrically reconstructed or weaved with other images or kraft paper or pasted onto three sides of wood rods of 2 cm width. Thus, he is trying to achieve the balance between the human being and the world through the plastic photography language, making the mechanical image, attractive and perceptible, opposite to the one in which we only see a pragmatic use.
Award : Reward for Fine Work at the First Tokyo Photo Biennale (1995), City Award at Issy Biennale (2001).
Public exhibitions : National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (South Korea), Daegu Art Museum (South Korea), Posco Art Museum (South Korea), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer (France).