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Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome: Indoor Plants, 2007
Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome: Indoor Plants, 2007
Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome: Indoor Plants, Monstera Deliciosa, 2007
Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome: Indoor Plants, 2007
Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome: Indoor Plants, 2007

Paris Syndrome is the title of a group of works produced by Yang from 2007 onwards. These include a video, a café, a hotel, several installation settings and sculptures. The title refers to the trauma experienced by Japanese tourists who are disappointed and disenchanted by their first visit to Paris. Yang's series refers to a dream-like longing for a perfect world. It points out the differences between this dream and the realities of life, and attempts to bridge the gap.

From this series we are showing a group of indoor plants such as mother-in-law’s tongue and the monkey tree, recreated by Yang out of cardboard and painted. These plants, originally exotic, are seen everywhere today as mass-grown potted plants, mainly in offices and living rooms.
One may be disappointed as at first they might be overlooked as real mass-produced plants, but on closer inspection, the plants turn out to be hand-made originals with (aesthetic) qualities of their own.

Jun Yang (1975) is an artist based in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama. His works encompass various mediums – including, film, installation, performance and projects in the public spaces while addressing institutions, societies and audiences. Having grown up and lived in various different cultural contexts, in his artistic work Jun Yang examines the influence of clichés and media images on identity politics.


Previous exhibitions include the Biennial of Sydney 2018, the Gwangju Biennale 2018 and 2012; the Taipei Biennial 2008, the Liverpool Biennial 2006, the 51st Biennale di Venezia 2005, and the Manifesta 4 in 2002. He is the recipient of the 25th Otto Mauer Art Award in 2005 and the Award for Fine Arts of the City of Vienna in 2017. Jun Yang concluded working on a series of solo-exhibitions/retrospectives that started at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2018) continued at Kunsthaus Graz (2019) and was shown in Taipei at Kuandu Museum 2020, TKG+ Projects 2020/2021 and MoCA Taipei 2021 (as one exhibition at three venues in one city).
Yang decided thereafter to take time off from making exhibitions. With his interest in institutions Yang joined the board of the Vienna Secession in 2021. He sees his latest projects, designing the König bookshop at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and creating the kitchen and dining-room for the Oskar Schlemmer Haus (Bauhaus Dessau), as part of his interest in working with institutional structures.