Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang, The Grand Balcony, 2016. Installation view at La Biennale de Montréal. Photo: Guy L'Heureux.

Haegue Yang, The Grand Balcony, 2016. Installation view at La Biennale de Montréal. Photo: Guy L'Heureux.

Haegue Yang (b. 1971, South Korea) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. Yang’s practice spans a wide range of media, from paper collage to performative sculpture and large-scale multi-sensorial installation, often featuring everyday objects, in addition to labour-intensive woven sculptures. Articulated using her abstract visual vocabulary, her anthropomorphic sculptures often play with the notion of ‘folk’. Her multisensory environments suggest uncontrollable and fleeting connotations of time and place, and experiences that connect us. 

In the Wolfson Gallery of Tate Liverpool, Haegue Yang will create a new environment for her sculpture series, The Intermediates (2015-ongoing). Made from artificial woven straw, The Intermediates allude to both traditional arts and crafts techniques and modern industrial production methods. Representing figures and sites from folk tales and ancient traditions in a variety of configurations, they question definitions of ‘paganism’. Yang’s immersive installation environment for these works will include suspended sound stations broadcasting recordings of wildlife taken from the British Library’s sound collection. A new digitally produced wallpaper, developed in collaboration with Liverpool-based designer Mike Carney, reflects on The Intermediates as well as juxtaposing illusions to pagan traditions and modern history. Folk traditions such as maypole dancing are evoked by ribbons attached to the ceiling, creating a topsy-turvy landscape. In this hybrid environment, connotations slide from conventional understandings to unknown territories echoing with yearnings for beautiful worlds.

Selected recent solo exhibitions were at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018); KINDL, Berlin, Germany (2017); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2015); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France (2013); and Modern Art Oxford (2011).


Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
L3 4BB