Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is pleased to present solo exhibition of Haegue Yang: Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant from Feb 12 to May 10. Haegue Yang began to draw the attention of the art world in the mid-2000s with her works addressing questions of the individual and community. After graduating with a degree in Sculpture from Seoul National University in Korea, she relocated to Germany in 1994 and has alternated her practice between Berlin and Seoul ever since. Yang has staged solo exhibitions at major international contemporary art institutions and has received critical acclaim at distinguished exhibitions that include the Venice Biennale and Kassel documenta. Through conceptual works made of everyday objects and industrial materials that traverse the realms of politics, history, and culture, she has established herself at the forefront of contemporary art.
Haegue Yang: Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Korea in five years. In this exhibition, inspired by George Orwell’s essay Shooting an Elephant and Romain Gary’s novel The Roots of Heaven, the artist adopts the elephant as a metaphorical medium through which to reveal her thoughts on, and imagination of, the coexistence between nature and man.
This solo exhibition of Haegue Yang provides visitors an opportunity to appreciate, in a single location, major works by the artist that have previously rarely been shown in Korea; at the same time, this exhibition offers a place from which to examine the diverse facets of an artist whose endeavors continue to reveal new trajectories in her art practice.