Jesse Chun is an artist whose practice addresses language and its politics to uncover new translations toward poetry, opacity, and the untranslatable. Chun reauthors found documents, bureaucracies, historic archives, and the hegemonic narrative through video, drawing, sculpture, sound, installation, and publication. Chun's conceptual process engages with the often disregarded linguistic traces - such as mistranslation, erasure, redaction, and stutter, as an active passage to legibility and authorship.
Chun's work has been presented internationally at SculptureCenter; Queens Museum; The Drawing Center; BAM; Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Vera List Center for Art and Politics (all in the United States); Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (Canada); and the Nam June Paik Art Center (South Korea), among others. Recent awards and fellowships include Ballroom Marfa (2021); the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2020); Smack Mellon Studio Residency (2020); and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at ISCP (2019). Chun's digital and print publications include WORKBOOK (published by Triple Canopy, 2019); Intangible Heritage (Wendy's Subway x BAM, 2018); Blueprints (Silent Face Projects, 2017); and Valid From Until (Booklyn Press, 2016). Select public collections include the Museum of Modern Art Library; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Libraries and Special Collections; the Smithsonian Institution; Yale University Library; Asia Art Archive in America; Whitney Museum Library, and more. Chun teaches at New York University and Parsons School of Design; and lives in New York.