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David Zink Yi

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The oeuvre of the Berlin-based artist David Zink Yi revolves around themes of creation, manifestation, and the construction of identity. Born in Lima in 1973, Zink Yi left Peru for Germany at the age of 16. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences, he interrogates the complex aspects of identity construction through his multi-disciplinary practice; encompassing film, photography, sculpture, performance, ceramics and multi-channel video installations, which all emphasize the social interrelation of the protagonists, as well as physiological aspects of musical perception.

Zink Yi’s art has gained attention for its critical engagement with culturally and emotionally determined actions and experiences. These actions, such as cooking, speaking, dancing, singing, writing and narrating, sketch the complexity of identity, identity-formation and their forms of expression and are most often the performative stimulus for making the works. Over the past decades, the artist has been using natural forms, ritual, music and dance to explore the complex motifs as constructed within cultural traditions. As a medium of expression, the body is often present in the works. It is the place at which the limits between outward and inward experience, between factual history and personal feeling, are drawn.

Over the past few years, Zink Yi has worked within the ceramic tradition to create sculptural works inspired by different molluscs and cephalopods such as octopus fragments, squids and architeuthidae. These elusive animals, with a rich history in myth and fine art, are understood as a complex living species opposite to the human one.

Biography

Born Lima, Peru, 1973

Education

Woodcarving Diploma, Berufsfachschule, Munich, Germany, 1995 – 1998
Kunst Akademie, Munich, Germany, 1997 – 1999
Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, 1998 – 2003

Resides Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Proyecto amil, ‘Horror Vacui’, Lima, Peru

2016 Williams College Museum of Art, ‘Being the Measure’, Williamstown MA

2015 Charles H. Scott Gallery, ‘David Zink Yi’, Vancouver, Canada

2014 Johann König Gallery, ‘David Zink Yi’, Berlin, Germany

2013 Hauser & Wirth, ‘‘Why am I here and not somewhere else – Independencia II’, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunstverein Braunschweig, ‘Why am I here and not somewhere else – Independencia II’, Braunschweig, Germany
Kunstfenster der Deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI, Berlin, Germany

2012 80m2 Livia Benavides Gallery, ‘Angel, is it you?’, Lima, Peru
MALI Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, ‘David Zink Yi’, Berlin, Germany

2011 Hauser & Wirth, ‘Pneuma’, New York NY
Midway Contemporary Art, ‘HORROR VACUI’, Minneapolis MN

2010 MAK Gallery, ‘Manganese make my colors blue’, Vienna, Austria
Johann Koenig, ‘David Zink Yi’, Berlin, Germany

2009 Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

2008 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ‘David Zink Yi. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium 2008’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Open Space / Art Cologne, ‘Roma 395’, Cologne, Germany

2007 Franco Soffiantino, Turin, Italy

2006 Johann König, ‘Geschlossen Kurve, bei der für jeden Punkt die Summe der Entfernungen konstant ist. Auslassung insbesondere inmitten von etwas’, Berlin, Germany
Museum Ludwig, ‘Independencia I’, Cologne, Germany

2005 Kunstraum Innsbruck, ‘Der soziographische Blick 12. David Zink Yi’, Innsbruck, Austria

2004 Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ’6 x Yta Moreno’, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany
Künstlerhaus Bremen, ‘Alrededor del dosel / Umgehen der Baumkronen’, Bremen, Germany

2003 Galerie Johann König, ‘De adentro y afuera’, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Haus der Kunst, ‘Blind Faith: Zeitgenössische Kunst zwischen Intuition und Reflexion’, Munich, Germany
Langen Foundation, ‘Polyphon’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Bundeskunsthalle, ‘GERMANY IS NOT AN ISLAND. Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany. Acquisitions 2012-2016’, Bonn, Germany

2017 Sala Alcalá 31, ‘Próxima Parada. Peruvian Artists from the Hochschild Collection’, Madrid, Spain
Unit 1 Gallery, ‘Beyond’, London, England
Montserrat College of Art, ‘Quietus’, Beverly MA

2016 König Galerie, ‘Gartenschau’, Berlin, Germany
Centro Pecci, ‘The End of the World’, Prato, Italy
USF Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Extracted’, Tampa FL
KAT_A Kunst am Turm, ‘Fotografie Installation’, Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf, Germany

2015 Hauser & Wirth, ‘Salon d’Hiver’, Zurich, Switzerland

2014 Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Prospect.3: Notes for Now’, New Orleans LA
KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, ‘Lost Paradise’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, ‘Slow Future’, Warsaw, Poland
Museum Cultuur Strombeek Gent, ‘The Ever Changing Body. Deel III’, Gent, Belgium
8th Berlin Biennale, ‘Keystone Fruit and Speed’, Berlin, Germany
Museum Kunst der Westküste, ‘Tiefseewelten. Zeitgenössische Skulptur und Videokunst’, Föhr, Germany

2013 Biennal of the Americas, ‘Draft Urbanism’, Denver CO
9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Athr Gallery, ‘Video(Works)’, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Trade Routes’ London, UK
Latin American Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, ‘El Atlas del
Imperio’, Venice, Italy
La Fundación Botín, ‘Itinerarios’, Santander, Spain
Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, ‘Back’ to Earth, Neumunster, Germany

2012 Biennal de Montevideo, ‘El Gran Sur’, Montevideo, Uruguay
Georg Kolbe Museum, ‘BIOS – Konzepte des Lebens in der zeitgenössischen Skulptur’, Berlin, Germany
Copenhagen Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, ‘I Wish This Was a Song. Music in Contemporary Art’, Oslo, Norway
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, ‘The City that doesn’t exist. Images of global spaces’, Aachen, Germany
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, ‘Doppio gioco – Double Game. The Ambiguity of the Photographic Image’, Venice, Italy
Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University, ‘The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part III’, Vancouver, Canada
SAPS Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, ‘La Institución redentora / The Redeeming Institution’, Mexico City, Mexico
Tate Modern, ‘No Lone Zone’, London, England

2011 ifa-Galerie Berlin, ‘Kulturtransfers #2. Cut & Mix: Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Peru und Chile’, Berlin, Germany
Dublin Contemporary, ‘Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance’, Dublin, Ireland

2010 Sammlung Rheingold, ‘Was tun? Was geschieht?’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Schloss Dyck, ‘Austellung aus der Sammlung Rheingold’, Juchen, Germany
Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, ‘Brave New World’, Luxembourg
Gladstone Gallery, ‘Summer Show’, New York NY

2009 ‘Die Villa Massimo zu Gast im Martin Gropius-Bau’, Berlin, Germany
Museo de arte de Lima Contemporaneo, ‘Adquisiciones y donaciones 2008’, Lima, Peru
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, ‘FOR THE USE OF THOSE WHO SEE’, Berlin, Germany
Shedhalle, ‘Nahrung – kaleidoskopische Untersuchung eines Treibstoffs’, Zurich, Switzerland
10th Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, ‘Backyard’, Diepenheim, Netherlands
Kunsthalle Tübingen, ‘Der innere Blick – Das Interieur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst’, Tübingen, Germany

2008 Art Cologne, ‘Global EurAsia’, Cologne, Germany
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ‘Karl Schmidt Rottluff Stipendium’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, ‘Carte Blanche III: „Gedichte der Fakten“ – Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Arend und Brigitte Oetker’, Leipzig, Germany

2007 Various locations, ‘Le Printemps de Septembre’, Toulouse, France
Galerie Museum Bozen / Stadtgalerie Schwaz, ‘Die Kunst des Alterns / L’arte di invecchiare / The Art of Growing Old’, Bolzano, Italy, and Schwaz, Austria
Kestner Gesellschaft / Sprengel Museum / Kunstverein Hannover, ‘Made in Germany’, Hanover, Germany

2006 Les Abattoirs, FRAC – Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Midi-Pyrénées, ‘Le Printemps de Septembre’, Toulouse, France
Galerie Johann König, ‘New Space’, Berlin, Germany

2005 NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, ‘Video II: Allegorie’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, ‘Scrabble. Video, Lenguaje y Abstracción’, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst Oberösterreich, ‘Die Ordnung der Natur I’, Linz, Austria
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video’, San Francisco CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Miami Art Central, ‘Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video’, Miami FL (Travelling Exhibition)
Bronx Museum of the Arts, ‘Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstverein Langenhagen, ‘Erzähl mal was… ‘, Langenhagen, Germany
Kunsthalle Bremen, ’50 Jahre Kunstpreis der Böttcherstrasse in Bremen’, Bremen, Germany

2004 Kunsthalle Mannheim, ‘ars viva 05/05 – Zeit’, Mannheim, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, ‘ars viva 05/05 – Zeit’, Dusseldorf, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, ‘ars viva 05/05 – Zeit’, Warsaw, Poland (Travelling Exhibition)
Rheinschau, ‘Rheinschau 2004’, Cologne, Germany
International Foundation Manifesta, ‘Manifesta 5 San Sebastián 2004’, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2003 Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany
Frankfurter Kunstverein, ‘Nation’, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Opel Berlin, ‘Diffusion’, Berlin, Germany

2002 Medienkunstarchiv Wien, ‘Kino der Kälte’, Vienna, Austria

2001 Kunsthaus Raskolnikow, ‘Dedicated to Yi Yen Wu’, Dresden, Germany
Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany
Markus Richter Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, ‘Eyes look into the wall – Current Trends in video art’, Potsdam, Germany

2000 K2 gallery, Leipzig, Germany
Akademie der Künste, ‘Cooking happening as part of the exhibitioin Z-2000’, Berlin, Germany

1999 Ackerstrasse Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Awards and Grants

2004 Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium
Ars Viva Preis
MAK-Schindler Stipendium

Talks

2007 Artspeak, ‘The Chatter of Culture’, Vancouver, Canada

Bibliography

Monographs

2012 nbk Berlin, Marius Babias + [et al.] (Eds.), 'David Zink Yi. Horror Vacui ', Cologne: Publisher of the bookstore Walther König, 2012 (exh. Cat.)

2008 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Foundation Berlin (ed.), 'David Zink Yi. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Grant 2008 ', Berlin: Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Grant, 2008

Publications

2013 Unterdörfer, Michaela (ed.), 'Hauser & Wirth.20 Years', Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013

2012 National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Sweden, 'I wish this was a song. Music in Contemporary Art ', Elanders: Ingvild Krogvig, 2012, pp. 88-89, ill. (ex. cat.)

2008 Cologne Fair (ed.), 'Art Cologne 2008. 42nd International Fair for Contemporary and Contemporary Art, 16-20 April 2008', Cologne: Kölnmesse, 2008, pp. 204-205, 266-267, ill.

2007 Engler, Martin (ed.), 'Made in Germany', Osterfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2007 (ex-cat.)

2005 OK Center for Contemporary Art Upper Austria, Museum of Modern Art Passau (eds.), 'The Order of Nature' , Vienna / Bolzano: Folio Verlag, 2005, ill.
The Circle of Donors for the Böttcherstrasse Art Prize in Bremen + [et al.], '50 Years Böttcherstrasse Art Prize in Bremen ', Bremen: Kunsthalle Bremen, 2005 (exh. Cat.)

2004 Cultural Circle of the German Economy in the BDI eV (ed.), 'Michael Hakimi, Peter Piller, Katja Strunz, David Zinc Yi', Texts by Antje Krause Election + [et al.]], Frankfurt a. M .: Revolver Archive for Contemporary Art, 2004 (exh.cat.)

Press

2015 Vila Lorenzo Laura, 'En Portrada', in: Harpers Bazaar Art Espanol, Madrid, September 2015, p. 22, cover, ill.

2014 Vogel, Sabine B., `David Zink Yi`, in: Kunstforum, Bonn, October - November 2014, pp. 118-121, ill.
Prince, Mark, 'Berlin Biennial 8', in: Frieze, London, September 2014, p. __
___, 'David Zink Yi. Sensual Structures', in: art - Das Kunstmagazin, Hamburg, June 2014, p. 50, ill.
Hinrichsen, Jens, 'David Zink Yi - In the Silver Mine', Berlin, June 2014, p. 52, ill.

2013 ___, 'David Zink Yi Solo Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zurich', on: www.vernissage.tv, Basel, 2 September 2013, ill.
Nedo, Kito, 'Customs', in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 17/18 August 2013, p. 14, ill.
Hinrichsen, Jens, 'The wild stroke of our hearts', on: www.monopol-magazine.de, Berlin, 19 June 2013, ill.
Jovanovic, Rozalia, Art Basel's Unlimited Section for Really Big Art Gets Even Bigger ', on: www.artinfo.com, 16 April 2013, ill.

2012 Borchhardt-Birbaumer, Brigitte, ‘In der nächtlichen Kammer der Wunder’, in: Wiiener Zeitung, Vienna, 13 Oktober 2012, ill.
Bradley, Kimberly, ‘David Zink Yi’, in: ArtReview, London, Summer 2012, pp. 150-151, ill.
Hinrichsen, Jens, ‘Cult in Cuba’, on: www.monopol-magazin.de, Berlin, 21 March 2012, ill.
Hilgenstock, Andrea, ‘Rhythmus und Rollenspiel’, in: Kunst Zeitung, Regensburg, April 2012, p. 6
Perry, Colin, ‘No Lone Zone. Tate Modern London 27 January to 13 may’, in: Art Monthly, London, March 2012, p. 22

2011 Poppe, Fatima, 'La ciencia de los suenos', in: Cosas, Santiago, pp. 42-44, ill.
Bregman, A., 'Go See: David Zinc Yi at Hauser & Wirth', in: Art Observed, New York, 23 July 2011
Sarah Douglas, 'Fish Tale', New York Observer, 25 July 2011
Roberta Smith, 'David Zinc Yi: Pneuma ', The New York Times, 21 July 2011
Yablonsky, Linda,' Artifacts | Feats of Clay ', on: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com, July 2011

2010 Mittringer, Markus, 'Stranded in Vienna', in: Art Paper, September 2010, p. 4, ill. in colour

2009 Badrutt, Ursula, 'David Zink Yi,, in: Art Bulletin, September 2009, pp. 58-59, ill.
___, 'Exhibition Edged Palm Trees', in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, 23 August 2009, p. 51
Schoch, Ursula Badrutt, 'Music Magic', in: St. Galler Tagblatt, St. Gall, 7 July 2009, ill.

2006 Lopez, Miguel, 'La obra de David Zinc Yi', on: www.arte-nuevo.blogspot.com, 29 December 2006, ill.
Hess, Barbara, 'David Zink Yi. Ludwig Museum ', in: Flash Art, Milan, Vol. XXXIX , no. 251, November-December 2006, p. 124, ill.
Nemeczek, Alfred, 'Joy and displeasure with the current film culture of big museums', in: Kunstzeitung, Regensburg, No. 122, October 2006, p. unknown, ill.
Gross, Roland, 'Cologne: Rheingold's Video Images', in: Rheinische Post, Dusseldorf, 14 August 2006, p. unknown
Linden, Thomas, 'Rhythms from inside the drums', in: Kölnische Rundschau, Cologne, 15 July 2006, p. unknown
Di Blasi, Johanna, 'A little god is sitting in the drum', in: Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Cologne, 15 July 2006, p. unknown, ill.
___, 'The Artists Talk. A Cross Section of Art Life in Berlin, in: Flash Art, Milan, no. 247, Vol. XXXIX , March-April 2006, pp. 82-87, ill.

2005 ___, 'The Sociographic View 12', on: www.kurier.at, Vienna, 3 December 2005, ill.
Schlo, 'A journey into the past', in: Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck, 11 November 2005, ill.
Brüggeler, Moni, 'Sensual reduction', in: Kronenzeitung, Vienna, 11 November 2005, ill.
Carnival, Christiane, 'Glimpses behind wooden facades', in: Die Neue, no. 269, 11 November 2005, ill.
___, 'The Sociographic View 12', in: Innsider, Innsbruck, November 2005, ill.
Boecker, Susanne, 'ars viva 04/05 - Time', in: Kunstforum, Ruppichteroth, Vol. 175, April-May 2005, pp. 293-295
___, 'News from the Kunstvereins', in: Informationsdienst Kunst, Regensburg, no. 320, 17 February 2005, p. 7

2004 Lapp, Axel, 'David Zinc Yi', in: Art Review, New York, vol. LIV , November 2004, p. 145, ill.
Reindl, Uta, 'Themes and Biennials. Lightning Strike in the Kirchenapsis', in: The Art Year, Regensburg, no. 4, 2004, pp. 186-187, ill.
Luz, Kathrin, 'David Zink Yi. Alrededor des dosel / Bypassing the Treetops', in: Kunstforum International, Ruppichteroth, no. 172, September-October 2004, pp. 320-321, ill.
___, 'Extended Peru Journey', in: Delmenshorster Kreisblatt, Delmenshorst, 29 July 2004, p. 6, ill.
Cartier, Stephan, 'Underneath All Trees Is Unruh', in: Wser Kurier, Bremen, 9 July 2004, p. 20, ill.
Bruggaier, Johannes, 'In the footsteps of the Harpy Eagle', in: Kreiszeitung, Syke, 17 July 2004, ill.
Bruggaier, Johannes, 'In the footsteps of the eagle', in: Rotenburger Kreiszeitung, Rotenburg, 7 July 2004, ill.
Cartier, Stephan, 'Underneath All Trees Is Unruh' ', in: Weser Kurier, Bremen, 9 July 2004, p. 20, ill.
___, 'Secret Tip David Zink Yi', in: Bremen News, Bremen, 9 July 2004, p. 1
Mathonnet, Philippe, 'La Manifesta 5, biennale des jeunes humaniste', in: Le Temps, Geneva, 8 July2004, p. 34, ill.
Wiensowski, Ingeborg, 'The Body as a Stage', in: Kulturspiegel, Berlin no. 7, July 2004, p. 28, ill.
Eichler, Dominic, 'A different drum', in: Frieze, London, no. 84, June / July / August 2004, pp. 114-115, ill.
Rutishauser, Monika, 'Hauser & Wirth: David Zinc Yi', in: Kunstmine, Stuttgart, no. 2, May-June-July 2004, p. 356
___, 'Casa Ciriza', in: Kunstforum International, Ruppichterroth, no. 171, July-August 2004, pp. 258-275, ill.
in: Domus, Milan, no. 872, July-August 2004, p. 145, ill.

2003 Huther, Christian, 'nation', in: Kunstforum International, Ruppichterroth, no. 166, August-October 2003, p. 365, ill.
Allen, Jennifer, 'David Zink Yi. Johann König, in: Artforum, New York, vol. XLII , no. 1, September 2003, pp. 236-237, ill.
___, 'Frankfurter Kunstverein:' Nation '(14.5.-3.8.03)', on: www.art-in.de/inckv2.php?id=416, 5 August 2003
___, 'David Zink Yi. University of the Arts, Berlin ', in: Artreview, London, July / August 2003, ill.

2002 by Suess, Rosa, 'Seeing. Media Art Archive Vienna ', on: www.nettime.org, 3 December 2002

Selected Images

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