Mire Lee


    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.

    Originating in the interaction between the Mire Lee and her created bodies of work, the sculptures of whom are formed from materials such as steel, silicone, and clay, and function with low-tech kinetics and animatronic-like technology. Lee testifies that her affective sculptural dedication can easily slip into fondness, fetishistic obsession, voyeurism, violation, or violence. Thus, her practice revolves around an abusive, almost masochist, relationship in which Lee explores the tense, uncertain zone between love and hate.

    In 2018, Mire Lee participated in the residency program at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in the Netherlands. She has recently been shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2021.

    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); War is Won by Sentiment Not by Soldiers, Insa Art Space, Seoul, South Korea (2014) among others.

    Selected group exhibitions: The 59th Venice Biennale: The Milk of Dreams, Giardini della Biennale, 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); In Between Uneven Stairs, Tunnel Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland (2019); 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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