Is It Morning For You Yet? ▪ 58th Carnegie International
Mire Lee (b. 1988, Seoul; lives between Seoul and Amsterdam) creates idiosyncratic works that defy categorization, exuding energy that is entropic and full of polarizing, enticing, and nauseating sentiments. Unsightly yet inexplicably sensational, her works challenge notions of selfhood, social acceptability, and cleanliness, obliterating societal conventions of aesthetics and desire in the face of her orgasmic, transgressive, and kinetic technologies. Her sculptural vocabulary, between the realms of machinery and viscera, inhabits an ambiguous, eclectic environment, free of inhibitions yet entirely cognizant of the unspoken boundaries at play. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Sculpture (2012) and a graduate degree in media art (2013) at the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts. Her recent solo exhibitions include Carriers at Art Sonje Center, Seoul; words were never enough, Lily Roberts, Paris; Het is of de stenen spreken, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht; and War Is Won by Sentiment Not by Soldiers, Insa Art Space, Seoul. Group exhibitions include presentations at Venice Biennale; Kunstverein Freiburg; Het HEM, Zaandam; Marwan, Amsterdam; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Sharjah Art Foundation; 15th Lyon Biennale; Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project, Gwangju Civic Center; Arko Art Center, Seoul; and Seoul Museum of Arts. She has taken part in residencies at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA Nanji Residency); and Cité internationale des arts, Paris.
Mire Lee’s commission for the 58th Carnegie International is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, and is made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund, the public cultural funding organization on visual arts and cultural heritage in the Netherlands.