Solo Exhibition Award and Callan/McNamara Award Winner
Young Sun Han (born Evanston, IL; lives Brooklyn, NY) is a visual artist, curator and educator, who is an American citizen of Korean heritage and a permanent resident of New Zealand. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, where he currently teaches. He has completed additional studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany and Goldsmiths, University of London, England. Han has worked as Co-Director and Curator at City Art Rooms Project Trust, Auckland, New Zealand; Production Advisor for the Nasty Women Exhibition, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY; and Special Projects Coordinator at David Zwirner, New York. As an artist, he has exhibited at Elijah Wheat Showroom, Brooklyn; Jean Albano Gallery and Zolla/Lieberman, both Chicago; David Zwirner; Knockdown Center; Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ; LMAK books+design and Printed Matter Inc., both New York; as well as 4A Centre of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; University of Sydney; Independent Brussels, Belgium; Anti-Art Fair London, England; Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand; and Suter Contemporary Art Biennial, Nelson, New Zealand. Han is the recipient of the Brovero Photography Prize, Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship and Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship. He recently completed residencies at the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin, Germany and Materia Abierta, Mexico City.
Statement from the Artist:
The work of multi-disciplinary artist Young Sun Han traverses time and space, taking us on a journey spanning generations and geographies. He explores his family’s immigrant experience through the turbulent history of North and South Korea in the 20th century. His Passages from a Memoir (2019) is a sprawling multi-part installation of photographs and texts handwritten directly onto the wall. It began in 2018 following the recent loss of his parents and grandparents. Overlapping photographs printed on paper and fabric give the work Damage Gamuts a textural and sculptural quality. A reference to an incomplete subset of colors in a computerized graphic or digital photograph, the work, which hangs 8 feet from ceiling to floor, grapples with the ineffability of history and the fractured nature of identity. Han’s work tells – and retells – stories of people, places and events difficult to exhume and distill from the depths of memory. In the current moment of fragile geopolitical relations between the U.S. and foreign countries, like North and South Korea, Han’s work takes on urgent and universal significance.
Young Sun Han: The Unforever Parallel, on view at The Print Center January 17 – March 13, 2020