February 19, 2015

David Zink Yi

Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
David Zink Yi, Untitled, 2014. C-print. Courtesy of Hauser and Wirth Zurich, Johann König, and 80M2 Livia Benavides.

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by David Zink Yi. The exhibition will feature a body of work that resulted from a two-month research trip the artist made to the mineral-rich southern Andes in his homeland of Peru. The Strangers (2014), a two-channel video installation records the labouring workers, the mechanics of heavy industry and the striking rock formations in and around the region’s gold and silver mines. Zink Yi pairs the video installation with a series of photographs he took of hastily applied patches on the surface of the road that runs through the mountainous mining region to the coast. In a perpetual loop, the road crew moves from west to east, bottom to top, patching and re-patching. As Miguel López writes, “The markings not only function as odd, abstract images, but also as traces of one of the most active routes of the mining trade, whose repairs allegorize the fragility of an economy burdened by social conflicts only partially and superficial solved.”

David Zink Yi’s multi-faceted art practice comprises sculpture, film and photography. His investigations, often centred on the body, explore concepts of identity and the processes whereby the individual becomes part of the collective through a variety of actions such as music-making, dancing or physical labour. Through displays and installations his work allows for a shift in meaning, reconfiguring contexts and angles to imagine a transformation of the body—which acts as a medium and interpreter of form, not just a bearer of cultural form.

David Zink Yi is currently the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He has recently participated in the 8th Berlin Biennale, the 55th Venice Biennale in the Latin American Pavilion, and the 10th Havana Biennale. He has exhibited at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich and Kunstverein Braunschweig in Germany. He has also taken part in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany; and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo. His work is included in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Mudam Luxembourg; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.


David Zink Yi at Charles H. Scott Gallery

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