Dr Young In Hong is a senior lecturer in Mixed Media Textiles, who joined Bath Spa University in December 2016. Young In is a visual artist whose artistic practice embraces a range of disciplines including textiles, drawing, installation, performance, art in public space and artist book making.
Young In engages in research-led practice. Her practice and research are therefore indistinguishable; her research interests are undervalued cultural practices, the politics of intuition and the concept of equality. Young In obtained a BA in Sculpture from Seoul National University (1996), and went on to achieve an MA and PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2000, 2012).
Young In’s current role at Bath Spa University is to develop the Mixed Media Textiles module based on her research, practice and experience in Higher Education. Young In’s educational focus lies with interdisciplinary art and the importance of student-centred education.
Young In has been working internationally as an artist for the last 16 years. Her art practice and research are a series of investigations into the notion of modernity, which she sees as an intensive force of experience. The main disciplines she is currently working with are textiles and performance - within a fine art context.
Young In has been developing large-scale embroidery drawings and paintings for over 15 years. Despite sewing being traditionally a domestic craft, Young In is exploring it as a fine art technique. The fact that the embroidery is carried out by both machine and hand is a further means to reinterpret third world female labour through artistic expression. In Young In’s textile practice, there is always an underlying question regarding practices and conditions in the global textile industry and its political economic hierarchy.
For her performance projects, Young In works in collaboration with art institutions, curators, performing artists and the ordinary public. Here, collective memory embedded in an unwritten history is a central theme, which often leads the artist to focus on historical archival images of specific events in South Korea.
Young In’s embroidery paintings and performances are often closely intertwined, and have been exhibited at international venues including Turner Contemporary, Margate (2017), Block Universe, London (2017), La Triennale di Milano (2016), Grand Palais, Paris (2016), Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm (2013/2016), ICA (2015), Gwangju Biennale (2014/2004), Delfina Foundation, London (2014), Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2013), Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011), Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), A Foundation, Liverpool (2008), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2007) and Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2002).
Young In has published artist books based on her own projects in public spaces in Stockholm and London, (Nowhere I Can Be, 2013, Where is Plin? 2009, The Words, 2008 and Image Unidentified, 2008).
- BA Sculpture, Seoul National University (1996)
- MA Sculpture Seoul National University (1998)
- MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (2000)
- PhD Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (2012).
Research and academic outputs
Hong, Y (2017) The Moon's Trick. Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK, 21 November - 29 December 2017.
Hong, Y (2017) Rethinking craft: between studio craft and contemporary art [group exhibition]. Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 6 June - 24 September 2017.
Hong, Y (2016) A Fire That Never Dies. Cecilia Hillstrom Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 14 January - 20 February 2016.
Hong, Y (2016) Drawing flowers. In: Making is Thinking is Making: La Nouva Arte Coreana - XXI La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy, 2 April - 12 September 2016.
Hong, Y and Bow, S (2015) Parallel voices. In: [ana] please keep your eyes closed for a moment, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE, 21 October 2015 – 2 January 2016.
Hong, Y (2014) Image Unidentified. Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea, 1 March - 30 April 2014.
Hong, Y (2014) Let us dance. In: Spectrum Spectrum, Plateau Museum, Seoul, Korea, 4 July - 12 October 2014.
Hong, Y (2014) '5100: Pentagon' & 'Silent drum'. In: Burning Down the House - Gwangju Biennale 2014, Gwangju, South Korea, 5 September - 9 November 2014.
Hong, Y (2017) Echoes. In: Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract, Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, Italy (and touring), 10 -12 May 2017.
Hong, Y (2017) 5100: Pentagon. In: Block Universe, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 4 June 2017.
Hong, Y (2016) Let us dance. In: South Korea Guest of Honour at Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 3 - 5 March 2016.
Hong, Y (2015) In her dream. In: fig 2, ICA, London, 9 - 15 February 2015.