I'M ASHAMED TO HAVE GRADUATED HERE

 

TZUSOO

2022

Installation

4000 x 3000 cm

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Baden-Württemberg has been charging tuition fees to students from a non-EU country since 2017 - the only state in Germany to do so. The fees amount to 1,500 euros per semester.

 

I started studying here exactly in 2017. My first exhibition at the school was a demonstration against this policy. In 2017, when the law came into effect, I paid €1,500 tuition for the first semester. And I protested this system through "100 sales = €1,500 tuition." I earned my tuition for one semester by selling t-shirts and tote bags for €15, printed with my art. 100 people who were against this law and supported TZUSOO's art studies bought them.

Two months later, I received a letter waiving all my tuition fees. Because I had previously been enrolled as an exchange student. It was complicated whether I could celebrate this as an exempt student. I was exempt from tuition fees for 5 years.

 

Five years have passed. This policy stays quiet and stable.

 

Silence makes discrimination possible. I love the academy spirit more than anyone. That’s why I shout that I am ashamed and very sad that this non-equal treatment to non-EU students continues here.

 

It was my first project at the school opened the door and the last project closed it.

100 Sales=1500 Euro Tuition Fee

 

TZUSOO

2017

performance, printed t-shirts, printed shoulder bags, two pages of DIN A4 papers with signatures

Model / Vita Mikju, Dongju Lee, Hwayoung Park

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From the winter semester of 2017, all universities in Baden-Württemberg, Germany will collect tuition fees of 1,500 euro per semester for "international students from non-EU countries".

TZUSOO strongly opposes this groundless action. This is a demonstration of visualizing the arts being sold cheaply and studying art again. The prostitution images of my art work <Deep Kiss World(2016,7)> are again prostituted*.

 

 

 

* Prostitution

1. The practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.

2. The unworthy or corrupt use of one's talents for personal or financial gain.

 

The images of <Deep Kiss World>, which are spread, make a tiny space in the long and brutally fixed sexual objectification.

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The  buyers of the art works are called "Sponsors". The sponsors support a extension of art studies of TZUSOO(2017/18 Winter semester) and the elimination of the bill by paying money.

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Deep Kiss World

 

TZUSOO

2016/17

visit cards 85mm x 55mm, stickers 85mm x 85mm

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Deep Kiss World(2016/17) deals with street advertising for the prostitution of women in Asia including South Korea. These business cards are marked with eye-catching colours and phrases to draw attention and are placed in the streets. The cards take up these strategies and means to an aim and direct the attention of their viewers to the male model with provocative words. This model stands for a new, changing society in the Asian region, which only slowly or only by oppressing minorities knows how to react.

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Sink Tank

  

Rebecca Ogle, Ivan Syrob, Friedrich Hensen, TZUSOO

2018

installation, performance, bottles filled with water

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Working with other students at the academy led us to the point of installing a place where we could talk and discuss about the art business, the Kunstakademie Stuttgart, their teaching and teachers. The change in the metaphor THINKTANK became a SINK TANK(2017) in terms of a critical view of the art world. On the meadow of the sculpture we installed an obliquely sinking tank in the ground, which was used white painted as a symbol between White Cube and Thinktank as a discussion forum and meeting place for all.

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water bottles filled with water from the discussion pool

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