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haegue yang

1971, Seoul, South Korea

Haegue Yang seeks to communicate without language in a primordial and visual way: often complementing her vocabulary of visual abstraction with sensory experiences that include scent, sound, light and tactility. Combining industrial fabrication and folk craftsmanship, Yang explores the affective power of materials in destabilizing the distinction between the modern and pre-modern. Yang’s unique visual language extends across various media (from paper collage to staged theatre pieces and performative sculptures), and materials (Venetian blinds, clothing racks, synthetic straw, bells and graph paper) that are torn, lacquered, woven, lit and hung. Her artistic explorations stem from material-based concerns, accompanied by philosophical, political and emotionally charged readings of historical events and figures. Her ongoing research is empowered by underlying references to art history, literature and political history, through which she re-interprets some of her recurrent themes: migration, postcolonial diasporas, enforced exile and social mobility. As a result, these pieces link various geopolitical contexts and histories in an attempt to understand and comment on our own time. Yang’s translation from the political and historical into the formal and abstract, demonstrates her conviction that historical narratives can be made comprehensible without being linguistically explanatory or didactic.

Haegue Yang lives and works in Berlin.

Selected Works

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the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

 

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982
photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016
documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015
photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

kaleidoscopic tipping over in asymmetry – trustworthy #241, 2015

various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces

40.24 x 40.24 in. each

kaleidoscopic tipping over in asymmetry – trustworthy #241, 2015

various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces

40.24 x 40.24 in. each

detail

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

ceremonial fanfare in dual tones, 2015
clothing rack, jute twine, knitting yarn, lampshade frames, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, light bulbs, cord, cable, cable ties, casters

81.89 x 39.76 x 44.09 in.

ceremonial fanfare in dual tones, 2015

clothing rack, jute twine, knitting yarn, lampshade frames, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, light bulbs, cord, cable, cable ties, casters

81.89 x 39.76 x 44.09 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.

installation view, centre pompidou, paris, 2016

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.
installation view at centre pompidou, paris, 2016

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.

installation view at centre pompidou, paris

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

sonic sphere – two worlds in golden ocean, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings

33.86 x 31.89 x 32.68 in.

sonic sphere – diagonally-ornamented copper  and nickel, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings

38.98 x 32.28 x 32.68 in.

sonic dance – arrayed on gradation, 2015
steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings, jute twine
5.98 x 42.91 x 42.52 in.

sonic dance – arrayed on gradation, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings, jute twine
5.98 x 42.91 x 42.52 in.

kaleidoscopic tipping over – trustworthy #243, 2015
various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces
28.43 x 28.43 in. each

kaleidoscopic tipping over – trustworthy #243, 2015
various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces
28.43 x 28.43 in. each

 

the intermediate – rolling bushy nosy, 2016

artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, artificial plants, artificial vegetables, casters
2.44 x 41.34 x 48.43 in.

the intermediate – rolling bushy nosy, 2016
artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, artificial plants, artificial vegetables, casters
2.44 x 41.34 x 48.43 in.

quasi-pagan serial, 2016
installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

quasi-pagan serial, 2016

steel frame, metal grid, powder coating, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, steel wire

variable dimensions

installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

sonic half moon type I – tiny regular #5, 2016

63.7 x 13.3 x 13.3 in.

powder-coated steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, steel wire rope, brass and nickel plated bells, metal rings
installation view of quasi-pagan serial,hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

the intermediate  – fan dance around a pagoda, 2016

artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, casters, plastic twine, artificial plants

63.78 x 46.06 x 46.06 in.
installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016

photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

 

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

 

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016

documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982
photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

the malady of death – monodrama with irene azuela, 2016
documentation of performance in cenote tza-ujun-kat, homún, yucatán, mexico; adapted from marguerite duras' novella la maladie de la mort, 1982

42 min

photo: heinz peter knes, 2016

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015
photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

an opaque wind, 2015

site-specific installation

variable dimensions

installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, bait al aboudi, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

photo: deema shahin, 2015

 

kaleidoscopic tipping over in asymmetry – trustworthy #241, 2015

various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces

40.24 x 40.24 in. each

kaleidoscopic tipping over in asymmetry – trustworthy #241, 2015

various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces

40.24 x 40.24 in. each

detail

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type d – copper and nickel plated #51, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 30.71 x 3.15 in.

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

dispersed three in live conjunction – middling mountainous curtain, 2015

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire

309.45 x 448.82 x 31.5 in.

installation view, malmö live, sweden, 2015

ceremonial fanfare in dual tones, 2015
clothing rack, jute twine, knitting yarn, lampshade frames, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, light bulbs, cord, cable, cable ties, casters

81.89 x 39.76 x 44.09 in.

ceremonial fanfare in dual tones, 2015

clothing rack, jute twine, knitting yarn, lampshade frames, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, light bulbs, cord, cable, cable ties, casters

81.89 x 39.76 x 44.09 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

sonic rotating geometry type f – copper and nickel plated #47, 2015

steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, copper plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings

39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 in.

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.

installation view, centre pompidou, paris, 2016

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.
installation view at centre pompidou, paris, 2016

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

lingering nous, 2016

aluminum venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, led tubes, cable

67.52 x 379.13 x 427.56 in.

installation view at centre pompidou, paris

photo: philippe migeat, 2016

sonic sphere – two worlds in golden ocean, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings

33.86 x 31.89 x 32.68 in.

sonic sphere – diagonally-ornamented copper  and nickel, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings

38.98 x 32.28 x 32.68 in.

sonic dance – arrayed on gradation, 2015
steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings, jute twine
5.98 x 42.91 x 42.52 in.

sonic dance – arrayed on gradation, 2015

steel stand, metal grid, powder coating, casters, nickel plated bells, copper plated bells, metal rings, jute twine
5.98 x 42.91 x 42.52 in.

kaleidoscopic tipping over – trustworthy #243, 2015
various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces
28.43 x 28.43 in. each

kaleidoscopic tipping over – trustworthy #243, 2015
various envelope security patterns, graph paper, framed, 2 pieces
28.43 x 28.43 in. each

 

the intermediate – rolling bushy nosy, 2016

artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, artificial plants, artificial vegetables, casters
2.44 x 41.34 x 48.43 in.

the intermediate – rolling bushy nosy, 2016
artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, artificial plants, artificial vegetables, casters
2.44 x 41.34 x 48.43 in.

quasi-pagan serial, 2016
installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

quasi-pagan serial, 2016

steel frame, metal grid, powder coating, brass plated bells, nickel plated bells, metal rings, steel wire

variable dimensions

installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

sonic half moon type I – tiny regular #5, 2016

63.7 x 13.3 x 13.3 in.

powder-coated steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, steel wire rope, brass and nickel plated bells, metal rings
installation view of quasi-pagan serial,hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016
photo: kay riechers, 2016

the intermediate  – fan dance around a pagoda, 2016

artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, casters, plastic twine, artificial plants

63.78 x 46.06 x 46.06 in.
installation view at hamburger kunsthalle, hamburg, 2016

photo: kay riechers, 2016

 

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

an opaque wind park in six folds, 2016

clay, bricks, mortar, aluminum turbine vents, steel, soil, stone, cork, various plants

site-specific installation, sonae | serralves commission

installation view, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal, 2016
photo: filipe braga, 2016

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

A selection of recent and notable exhibitions include: Handles, The Museum of Modern Art – MoMA, New York; In the Cone of Uncertainty, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Tracing Movements, South London Gallery, United Kingdom (2019); Chronotopic Traversées, La Panacée, Montpellier, France (2019); Tightrope Walking and its Wordless Shadow, Fondazione Furla, Milan, Italy (2018); Haegue Yang: ETA. 1994–2018, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2018); Silo of Silence – Clicked Core, KINDL –  Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017-18); Lingering Nous, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2016); An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds, Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2016); The Malady of Death: Écrire et Lire (commissioned by M+), Sunbeam Theatre, Hong Kong (2015); Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2015); Uneven Arrivals, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (2015); Équivoques (Family of Equivocations), Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (MAMCS) and Aubette 1928, Strasbourg, France (2013); Honesty Printed on Modesty, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore (2013); Accommodating the Epic Dispersion, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); Arrivals, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2011); Voice and Wind, New Museum, New York (2010); Symmetric Inequality, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain (2008); Asymmetric Equality, REDCAT CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, Los Angeles (2008).

biennials

Her work has also been included in the following biennials: 21st Sydney Biennial, Australia (2018); Liverpool Biennial 2017, United Kingdom; 13e Biennale de Lyon, France (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Australia (2015); Western China International Biennale (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 8th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2010); 53rd Venice Biennial (2009); 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008); Prague Biennale 3, Czech Republic (2007); 5th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2004); Busan Biennale 2006, South Korea; Manifesta 4, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Frankfurt, Germany (2004); 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002); 1st edition of the T.I.C.A.B – Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual, Albania (2001).

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