Wish You a Lovely Sunday is Young-jun Tak's first solo exhibition and it is the premiere of his video of the same title.
The video boldly combines and juxtaposes two distinctive spatial settings—a church and a queer club. For this filmic work, two choreographers and two dancers were paired up to create a new choreography, for the church "Kirche am Südstern" and the queer club "SchwuZ" in Berlin respectively. Each pair was assigned to a different Bach piano piece for four hands. After days of rehearsals and when the choreography was complete, their designated venues were then swapped. The participants did not know the exact location they would perform in until the actual day of filming, and, therefore, they had to reprogram their choreographies according to the new architectural features and atmosphere of the changed location.
Although churches and queer clubs seem to function for starkly different purposes, both spaces share intriguing similarities as they both require specific rituals, behavioral norms, and attitudes closely linked to the space and its role. Both venues could be said to be fundamentally community-oriented spaces, which seek to offer comfort and welfare for either the visitor's mind or body. In the film, the continuous change of scenes between the two kind of spaces with the dancer's bodily presence, their movements, and dialogues, aims at achieving a sort of almost impossible mergence or coexistence of religious practice on one side and club culture on the other side. In this 17 minutes video, we follow the protagonists' struggles, passion, and commitment in trying to adjust their choreographies to fit into the new contexts.
About the artist:
Young-jun Tak (born in 1989 in Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His works have been exhibited at 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), Hall Art Foundation / Schloss Derneburg Museum (2020), Diskurs Berlin (2019), Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Bunker (2019), Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam (2018), PS120 (2018, Berlin), 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), König Galerie (2016, Berlin) among others.
In his practice, Young-jun Tak raises questions about the Christian fanaticism of today and its fear for bodily pleasures and diversity within our contemporary culture. He analyses the moral mechanizations of societies that are currently echoing each other throughout the world by targeting LGBTQIA+ communities.