Sinae Yoo

“Rather than placing herself in a ‘critical’, moralizing position, Sinae Yoo’s work grapples openly with its morbid fascinations, weighing her own capacity to fabricate aesthetic distance, to derive pleasure from the commodification of her subject’s vitality, with a melancholic search for empathy.” (Ché Zara Blomfield)
Yoo focuses on topics present in everyday life and pop-culture, always investigating the relationship between virtual and physical realities. In her show “What A Silencer Sounds Like” at Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2016, Yoo presents videos and ceramics, focusing on the European gaze onto Asia, always influenced by the traditional imagination of the exotic and the archaic. She explores further this thematic in the show “Shadow Rift”, at Gallery Apart, Rome, IT, 2016, where she worked with the well-known “Nivea” lotion, “giving the cosmetic product a metaphorical relevance since it is acknowledged in unison as one of the oldest German mass product, although it dates back to the Nazi regime, when it was defined as the “Jewish crème” because the Chairman of the Board of Beiersdorf, where the lotion was produced, was Jewish. For some evident historical references, it is possible to start an antithetical reflection between antigen and antibody, internal and external, friends and foes, I and the other, pure and impure, negativity and positivity.”(Domenico de Chirico 20, Art Viewer). In her show “Guilt Trip“, shown 2017 both at Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin, DE, and Sic!Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Yoo produces a multimedia installation that “is at once unsettling and fascinating. Ostentatiously displayed eroticism is contrasted with the vulnerability of the human and animal body.” (Eva Eva-Maria Knüsel)
Sinae Yoo’s Group exhibition participations include 2017 “DAMA”, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, IT, 2016 Daojiao Art Festival, Guangzhou, CN, and 2015 “Playtime”, 9800 S Sepulveda, Los Angeles, US. Sinae Yoo holds a  BA in Fine arts from the Sejong University, and obtained her MA in contemporary art practices at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in 2016. She received 2017 a stipend for visual arts from Canton Bern and 2016 the Aeschlimann Corti Award.


SAA: Would you tell us something about the artwork you will present at the Swiss Art Awards 2018?

SY: I’ll present a film that addresses our attempts at finding redemption and grace within our technology-laden culture.

SAA: Which worlds does your work involve, address, and how?

SY: Like most artists, I nourish the hope that my work can speak to people who are not necessarily part of the art world.

SAA: If you could work with a specialist, from which field would that be and on what kind of project?

SY: I make a habit of working with collaborators from different fields, be it music, cooking or fashion. It helps me to remain open-minded.

SAA: Is there a place (in and out of Switzerland) that inspires your work?

SY: Anywhere where friends live.

SAA: In the future, looking back: What will art history write about you?

SY: I have no idea.

SAA: What is the mark you want to leave behind?

SY: I’m not great at making long-term plans.