Tue – Sat
11 – 18

28.10
2022

14.01
2023

Young-jun Tak
Wohin?

The exhibition Wohin? is an intricate pantheon of the Deutsche Autobahn. To make these works, Young-jun Tak has smashed a car window (Nah und näher, 2022), nickel-plated a thousand pieces of a used Hyundai (A Scattered Past, 2019), scratched a poem on a Porsche hood and erected a bulky guardrail (Herkules und sein Angebot, 2022). Considering the aftermath of the 20th-century, an era of cars and connectivity,idealism and industries, all grounded in the notion of masculinity tied to strength andpower, this exhibition asks the burning question, where to now? And as such, Wohin? is an homage to nothing, it is rather a solemn commemoration, an attempt to absorbthe past, while driving ahead.

Germany’s network of highways, the Deutsche Autobahn, is a modern achievement, connecting the country’s decentralized regions. Built in the early 20th-century, the Autobahn was coopted by the Nazi regime as a propaganda tool and, for almost acentury, it has served as the national economy’s backbone in more than one way. Until today, the Autobahn is an integral part of German culture, shaping parts of itscollective identity, and, in some cases, allowing the complicated space for Germanpride.

Wohin? is a world of images and objects drawing from a broad range of themes including Christianity and Greek mythology, queer and car culture. Installed according to an organizing principle, the arrangement of works mirrors functional architecture. Church-like, the space mimics an atmosphere of contemplation or serenity, bringing together separate elements in a total, almost cinematic, experience. As a whole, as well as in its parts, Wohin? is based on the artist’s concept of an ‘extended reality’, a tension between found and produced materials, the incidental and the authorial. Wohin? is Young-jun Tak’s debut exhibition at Efremidis.

Young-jun Tak (*1989, KR) participated in the 16th Lyon Biennale (2022), the 11thBerlin Biennale (2020), the 15th Istanbul Biennale (2017) among many other groupexhibitions. He received the TOY Berlin Masters Award at the 9th Berlin Masters(2021). He lives and works in Berlin.

Young-jun Tak

Wohin?
2022
installation view

Young-jun Tak

Wohin?
2022
installation view

Young-jun Tak

Wohin?
2022
installation view

Young-jun Tak

Oh, Porsche, der wahre Kronos
2022
Porsche 924 bonnet
135 x 148 x 11 cm

Young-jun Tak

Noch einmal bitte
2022
wooden milking stool, candles, aluminum, silicon, paint, glue
38 x 54 x 44 cm

Young-jun Tak

Hin und wieder
2022
lime wood, rusty metal, beeswax, oil
11 x 37 x 15 cm

Young-jun Tak

A Scattered Past
2022
1242 pieces of metal fragments from a used Hyundai car, nickel plating
10 x 757 x 198 cm

Young-jun Tak

Herkules und sein Angebot
2022
guardrail, ceramic, artificial lawn carpet, metal, fresh potatoes
75 x 757 x 198 cm

Young-jun Tak

Mighty Samsons Wahnsinn
2022
european oak wood, 1936 Berlin Olympics torch official replica, artificial fox tails, rose marble pedestal, pulley, metal, glue
192.5 x 80 x 55 cm

Young-jun Tak

Nah und näher
2022
windshield, glass paint, glass, aluminum, paper
103 x 168 x 4 cm

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