Jung's series of photos, "Wonderland" (2004), presents costumed adolescents posing in sets based as closely as possible on children's drawings. For four months, Jung oversaw art classes in four kindergartens in Seoul and collected 1,200 drawings by children between the ages of five and seven. After pouring through them, he selected 17 drawings and interpreted their meanings. Then he recruited 60 high school students by passing out handbills at their schools in which he invited them to act out the scenarios in the children's drawings. In order to recreate faithfully drawing details he convinced five fashion designers to custom make the clothing for the photo shoot.
"Wonderland" changes fantasy into photographic reality without the aid of computer-generated graphics. The works, entirely made by hand, are a tremendous group effort similar to a stage production that captures the sudden changes in the actors' forms, in the midst of people going about their lives against the backdrop of the city.
Yeondoo Jung (1969) is one of the most prominent artists working in Korea today. He lives and works in Seoul.
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