Born in Seoul South Korea in 1971, Anicka Yi initially studied biology. Her work lies at the intersection of scientific research, politics, and aesthetic experience. Anicka Yi is interested in what she calls the “biopolitics of the senses”, or rather, the ways in which culture and social position condition our perception of the world, from its aromas to its colours. Her works, which often appears as environments, speak as much to viewers’ bodies as to their minds. The artist’s work explores the limits of our ways of thinking, specifically the boundary we have erected between the human and the non-human. She presents plants, animals, and machines as extensions of humanity, if not as its relatives.
Before the Storm is the first exhibition at the Pinault Collection in which the artist is participating.