Haegue Yang


  • TH Poetics of Displacement / Issue 9


Born 1971 in Seoul, Yang received BFA at the Seoul National University, Korea and Meisterschueler Titel from Georg Herold at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Yang works with various media, ranging large-scale sensorial installations to juxtaposed graphic works and semi documentary photographic pieces, from video essays to objects. Despite her use of diverse media, her work is distinguished by her continuous conceptual focus, which is mediated by abstraction even if underlying sentiment manifests rather specific narrative, such as her subjective reflection on historical figures, concrete domestic and local environments. Her particular language of abstraction is characterized often by sensory-receptive devices, such as moving lights, scent emitters, fans and so on, which leads to a translation of narratives into physical experiences in space.
Recent group exhibitions include: The New Décor, Hayward Gallery, London, England (2010); Intro Motion Ditch, Art Sheffield, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2010); Making Worlds, 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italy (2009); and Life On Mars, the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (2008); Solo exhibitions include Arrivals, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2011); Voice and Wind, New Museum, New York, USA (2010); Voice over Three, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea (2010); and Condensation, Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy (2009).
Yang lives and works in Seoul, Korea and Berlin, Germany.