Libby Leshgold Gallery

Exhibition curated by Cate Rimmer
Opening Reception: Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 7:30pm

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Peruvian-born, Berlin-based artist David Zink Yi. The exhibition comes out of the artist’s time at Emily Carr University as the Fall 2014 Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence.

Zink Yi’s multi-faceted art practice comprises sculpture, film and photography. His investigations, 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.

In his film work Horror Vacui, for example, the artist looks at the relationship between Afro-Cuban music and the rituals of the Palo Monte and Yoruba religions. In making his recent video installation The Strangers, Zink Yi spent two months in the southern Andes of his homeland Peru documenting the country’s gold and silver mines. He captures both the workers deep in the mines as well as the harshly compelling terrain in and around the worksites. The photographs that accompany the film depict the scars and markings of this landscape, and Zink Yi’s attention to its forms and textures also speaks of his continuing sculptural practice and his critically acclaimed works such as Architeuthis, a 660-pound depiction of a giant squid.

Zink Yi 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.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Program at Emily Carr.


David Zink Yi,Why am I here and not somewhere else – Independecia II, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.