‘Siblings and Twins’, Haegue Yang, with texts by Doryun Chong, Bart van der Heide, Melanie Ohnemus
Siblings and Twins, a catalogue of Haegue Yang’s installation works, documents the same-titled exhibition held at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main.
05/17/08–06/29/08 at Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel, 60594 Frankfurt am Main and also the works showen at 55th Carnegie International,
Cubitt Gallery, Kunstverein Hamburg, Walker Art Centre and Torino Triennale, designed by Manuel Raeder.
The exhibition held at Portikus, was part of a serial project designed by Yang in which she staged additional installations in other international exhibition sites. The works are formally distinct but are connected by metaphorical parallels. Yang’s current works are based on the lives of a variety of historical characters marked by an intense struggle with their own fate in pursuit of their political ideals. In the case of “Siblings and Twins,” shown at Portikus, Yang worked with two heroes: Kim San, the fighter for Korea’s freedom, and the French author Marguerite Duras. Yang is distinguished by her ability to place abstractly conceived, complex states of affairs in the world into a self-supporting language of formal abstraction.