Haegue Yang’s practice stems from her interests in the subtle irregularities and minute possibilities that destabilize conventional order. Through deliberate acts of erasing, misplacing, or rearranging the ordinary, Yang’s work directs attention to the underlying structures that regulate perception and experience. The artist explains: “I am truly interested in how one can be a political being…[and] attempt to be engaged without dogma.” Yang’s quietly complex installations employ devices such as humidifiers, scent emitters, lights and customized blinds that provoke the sensorial as an integral part of looking and experiencing.
Yang’s extended residency at REDCAT will culminate in the presentation of her first solo exhibition in the U.S. and the creation of a newly commissioned work. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalogue co-published with Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Spain, with contributions by Marcus Steinweg, Eungie Joo, Doryun Chong, Leire Vergara and Clara Kim.
Born 1971 in Seoul, Yang received degrees at the Seoul National University and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She participated in the 2006 São Paulo Bienal; the 2004 Busan Biennale; the 2004 Gwangju Biennale; Hermes Korea Missulsang, ArtSonje Center, Seoul; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt; and more recently, at BAK Utrecht and the European Kunsthalle, Cologne. Yang lives and works in Berlin and Seoul.