seoul: shooting the elephant thinking the elephant

© leeum / photography: kim hyunsoo - installation view at leeum, samsung museum of art

haegue yang [1971] is a korean artist based in berlin and seoul. after graduating from seoul national university, she pursued a masters at the städelschule in frankfurt. yang first caught the international art world's attention in the mid-2000s with her inquiry on the notion of singularity and community, employing unique materials woven into an abstract language, and has participated in high-profile art events such as the venice biennale and documenta. currently on at leeum, samsung museum of art in seoul is a solo exhibition by yang, entitled shooting the elephant thinking the elephant, which demonstrates her unique conceptual approach, using a motley blend of everyday objects and industrial materials that reference current topics in politics, history and culture. the exhibition title references george orwell's essay shooting an elephant, and uses it as a metaphor. the elephant appears as an invisible medium, extremely vulnerable and endangered yet also powerful as our human imagination and aspiration. the show presents a selection of the artist's most significant works created during various stages of her career in the past decade, in addition to select works by sol lewitt [1928-2007], an artist who has greatly influenced yang's creative practice [on through may 10]. location: 60-16 itaewon-ro, 55-gil [yongsan-gu].

© leeum / photography: kim hyunsoo - installation view at leeum, samsung museum of art and seoul guts - medicine man [2010]