Born in 1971, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea
Known for using utilitarian household items, from space heaters to extension cords,
and placing them out of context, Haegue Yang’s works reflect the transitory nature of
the artist’s own experience of living and working in multiple locations. Her works in
video explore displacement and alienation in both geographical and personal terms
through a combination of fiction and documentary. Yang’s visual, sound, and olfactory
installations reveal the intersections of public and private. To this end, she often includes
complex formations of ordinary Venetian blinds, which provide porous boundaries for
viewers to navigate around, or mobile sculptures clothed in layers of colourful yarn or
adorned with hanging light bulbs, wires, and assorted pieces of fabric.
Solo exhibitions include the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011), Modern Art Oxford (2011),
the New Museum, New York (2010–11), the Artsonje Center, Seoul (2010),
the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009–10) and Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2008).
She represented Korea at the Biennale di Venezia (2009) and has participated in
the Biennal de São Paulo (2006). Most recently her work was included in DOCUMENTA (13)
in Kassel, Germany (2012).