Mire Lee

    BIOGRAPHY

    Mire Lee (b. 1988, Seoul) currently lives and works in Seoul and Amsterdam. She received both her BFA in Sculpture in 2012 and her MFA in Media Art in 2013 from the Seoul National University College.

    Mire Lee’s works, often eclectically made of industrial materials such as concrete, silicone, steel and clay, oscillate between horror and arousal and see violence as a central component of subjectivity. Low-tech kinetics and works of immobile dominance that are imbued with brutality and sexuality, force the viewer into a position of fetishistic obsession, voyeurism, and boundary violation. With her works, Lee negotiates questions of bodily porosity, acceptability and power, while creating a space that feels simultaneously industrialized and primordial.

    In 2018, Mire Lee participated in the residency program at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has recently received the Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize 2021, as well as the Pontopreis MMK 2022.

    Selected solo & dual exhibitions: Look, I’ m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2022); HR Giger & Mire Lee, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2021); Mire Lee, The Pitcairn Museum of Contemporary Art, Groningen, The Netherlands (2021); Carriers, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea (2020); Words Were Never Enough, Lily Robert, Paris, France (2020); Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons), Casco Art Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2019) among others.

    Selected group exhibitions: The 59th Venice Biennale: The Milk of Dreams, Giardini della Biennale and the Arsenale, Venice, Italy (2022); Future Generation Art Prize 2021, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2021); Techno, Museion, Museo d’arte Moderna E Contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy (2021); Contamination, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2021); Breathing through Skin, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2020); (Im)Possible Bodies, Niet Normaal Foundation, Den Bosch, The Netherlands (2020); As time went on, a rumor started, Gianni Manhattan, Vienna, Austria (2020); Other. Worldly, Friesmuseum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (2020); The 15th Biennale de Lyon: Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, Lyon, France (2019); Surface Tension, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Lubricated Language, AKINCI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019); The 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Border, Gwangju, South Korea (2018); Double Negative, Arko Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea (2018); Moving/Image, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (2017); SeMA Biennial Mediacity Seoul: NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, Seoul Museum of Arts, Seoul, South Korea (2016) among others.

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