Jungjin Lee, ‘Unnamed Road #060’, 2011, Phillips

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Image: 101.6 x 198.8 cm (40 x 78 1/4 in.)
Frame: 115.6 x 214 cm (45 1/2 x 84 1/4 in.)

From the Catalogue:
Jungjin Lee created her acclaimed body of work Unnamed Road while travelling in Israel and the West Bank in 2010-2011 for the art project This Place, which explored this region through the eyes of 12 internationally renowned artists, including Jeff Wall and Thomas Struth, and resulted in a travelling exhibition. Mostly choosing images that she shot in the Negev Desert and the West Bank, Lee sought to reveal through her photographs how the land reflected ‘some fundamental truths that have never been changed.’ Unnamed Road #060, the current lot, was taken in the eastern part of the West Bank on a road between small Palestinian villages. She found that the empty, desolate space was filled with a feeling of political tension during an unusually quiet afternoon. The resulting panoramic landscape rendered in monochrome epitomises what Lee calls ‘a continuity of solitariness’ that she finds in the places she photographs.

To create the oversized prints for this series, Lee combined analogue and digital processes for the first time. Her complex image-making process involved hand coating Korean mulberry paper with photographic emulsion to create a small gelatin silver print in the darkroom, then scanning, re-working and re-printing digitally to achieve the final result. For Lee, these various steps are part of one cohesive approach. ‘Throughout the process, I focus on transmitting on my prints the feelings that I felt at the time of taking the photograph,’ she explains, ‘I try to deliver the essence of what I truly want to express.’ Jungjin Lee has exhibited internationally and has published widely. Her work is held in many prominent collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP1 in pencil in the margin. This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 2 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

This Place, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 24 October 2014 - 2 March 2015; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 15 May - 5 September 2015; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, 15 October 2015 - 17 January 2016; Brooklyn Museum, New York, 12 February - 5 June 2016
For another print

J. Lee, Unnamed Road, London: Mack, 2015, pp. 9-10

About Jungjin Lee