Kay Yoon (KR)

Residency: February - March 2024

Kay Yoon is a Korean artist who lives and works between Munich and Seoul. Her artistic practice explores the connections between the human body, rituals and their biological processes in relation to spatial contexts. Yoon’s restrained, minimalist aesthetic is influenced by her awareness of the tension between nature and culture. Her artistic expression is rooted in physical and sensory experiences, which she accesses through performances and bodily engagements with her sculptures.

Kay Yoon explores rituals and commodities in new contexts, such as the analysis of class differences in Korean rituals. She proposes that memory is plural, whether it is the telling of a life story or the historicization of collective memory. In doing so, the author cleverly abstracts the complexity of identity in the postmodern era and the significance of physical encounters, playfully employing ceremonial function and cryptic gestures.

In 2023, Kay Yoon completed her study at the Sculptural Department of Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. Alexandra Bircken with attaining the Graduate Award. Previously, she attended courses of media art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg under Prof. Michael Sailstorfer and Prof. Ottmar Hörl. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the CICA Museum in Kimpo (2017), PrimaKunst Kiel (2018), The Art Foundation Athens (2019), AO Kunsthalle Leipzig (2020), Kunstpavillon München (2021), Trauma Bar und Kino Berlin (2022), Lothringerh13 and in her solo exhibitions at 4D Projektraum BBk Leipzig (2021), Sic! Elephanthouse Lucerne (2021) and SOMA 300 Berlin (2022).

The residency program is supported using public funding by the Slovak Arts Council. Slovak Arts Council is the main partner of this project. The residency is organized in collaboration with Schafhof – European Art Forum Upper Bavaria.


*Cover photo – Kay Yoon – Shells of Probabilities, Variable Dimension, Korean Ritual Bowls and Automobile Parts (13 pieces in total)