Minja Gu: Pasta Nowadays

SYDNEY. 4A CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART. Saturday 29 June 2019. 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Minja Gu, Pasta Nowadays

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents Minja Gu’s (Korea) Pasta NowadaysMinja Gu’s works explore the cyclical forces of consumerism in society. Using durational performance, Gu facilitates contexts that transform everyday occurrences into ceremonies and rituals. In a performance lasting approximately two hours, Gu will use the ubiquitous act of making pasta as a relational act that encourages pause, reflection and communication among her participants. The noodles are made from diverse brands and flavors of flour from diverse origins and participants are welcome to wander in and out of the performance as they wish.


Minja Gu (b. 1977, Daejeon, South Korea, lives and works in Seoul) is an artist working predominantly in performance and video exploring ideas related to universal objects of human experience such as labour, time and love. Her works often deconstruct everyday actions and occurrences into ceremonies and rituals, emphasising the irreversibility of time and the permanence of action. Gu’s key recent exhibition history includes works at Performance x 4A, Art Central, Hong Kong (2018); The Korea Artist Prize, National Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2018); Impakt Festival – FotoDok, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2016); And No Matter What the Phone Rings – The 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2015); Our Hesitant Dialogues, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul, South Korea (2013); and the 08 Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan (2008). Gu received the award of excellence in the SongEun Art Award in 2010.

This performance is presented in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, West Space, The Korean Cultural Centre, Australia and the Kim Kim Gallery, and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with support from the Korean Foundation for International Cultural  Exchange (KOFICE) as part of the Traveling Korean Arts Project ‘Take ( ) at face value’.