JUNGLE STRIPE. ANICKA YI AT FRIDERICIANUM, KASSEL
For her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany, curated by Susanne Pfeffer, South Korean artist Anicka Yi compacts the ground floor of the Fridericianum into an expansive installation. With sculptural and video works all produced specifically for the exhibition, she creates a complex structure of hybrid forms. In the process, Anicka Yi takes up constructions of nature and brings them to collision with scientific and colonialist hubris. In her film The Flavor Genome (2016), nature is not conceived in absolute terms, but assembled from a multitude of perspectives and perceptions. In scenic episodes, Anicka Yi depicts a fluid mutation of species; in search of stimulating aromas, new tastes and smells, the film’s protagonist does not differentiate between biotechnologically-produced and natural phenomena. Anicka Yi’s sculptures are similarly indefinable in their fluid transitions – fur grows on cages, artificial honeycombs and intermediary beings populate the spaces of the Fridericianum. The atmosphere of these spaces and amorphous sculptures generates a subtle sense of anxiety.
Chris Sharp, in an article in the hot off the press CURA. No. 22, discusses about Anicka Yi practice.
Jungle Stripe by Anicka Yi
Through September 4