GA TALK 035 “Paper Leap and Other Movements.” by Haegue Yang(Artist)

Sonic Celestial Ropes, 2021, Photo:Studio Haegue Yang

GLOBAL ART TALK 035 “Paper Leap and Other Movements.” by Haegue Yang(Artist)

Spanning a vast range of media -from collage to kinetic sculpture and room-scaled installations- Haegue Yang’s work links disparate histories and traditions in a visual idiom all her own. The artist draws on a variety of craft techniques and materials as well as the cultural connotations they carry. Drying racks, venetian blinds, hanji, artificial straw, and bricks number some of the materials she employs. Yang is known for her multisensory environments that activate perception beyond the visual, creating immersive experiences that treat issues such as labor, migration and dislocation, replete with references to various moments of abstraction throughout art history. With a focus on the works that are represented in Okayama Art Summit 2022, Yang will introduce the recent developments in her practice, which encompass a series of paper collages, outdoor sculptures, and monumental installations consisting of sonic sculptures and wallpaper for the Global Art Talk.

About the Talk

Time/Date:2022.10.5 WED 19:00〜20:30
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Venue:Ningenkan, B1F, Video Hall, Kyoto University of the Arts &Online Talk
※This venue is limited to students, faculty, and staff of the University. Please note that the general public can participate online.
Moderator: Koichiro Osaka
Translator: Kei Nakayama

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.

Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

About the Speaker

Haegue Yang (b. 1971, Seoul) lives and works between Berlin and Seoul. She serves as Vice-Rector of the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, where she graduated as Meisterschüler in 1999. A recipient of Germany’s Wolfgang Hahn Prize in 2018, Yang has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at museums around the world, including the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2022); the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2020); Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom (2020); National
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2020); Museum of Modern Art, New York(2019); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018); Centre George Pompidou, Paris (2016); Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); and the Korean Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Her work has been the subject of numerous essays and monographs and is included in public collections across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


Handles, 2019, Photo:Studio Haegue Yang

Wave-Powered Gilled Soul Streamers – Mesmerizing Mesh #115, 2022, Photo: Studio Haegue Yang