Anicka Yi was born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. She currently lives and works in New York City, USA. Yi’s work focuses on perishable goods, such as fried flowers, expired powdered milk, potato chips or snail slime. She searches for the limits of beauty’s endurance. Yi’s sensorial creations are often bathed in glycerine, resin or wax, and are a reflection of her experimentations, both chemical and techno-sensual—a source of powerful imagery.
The ephemeral is at the heart of Anicka Yi’s work, as illustrated by a scented book made to burn, titled 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, a Memoir created in 2015 with the support of Lafayette Anticipation. Yi is on a perpetual quest for the poetry stemming from smells, and has worked with the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette to design a project and fragrance embodying memory loss. This perfume, conceived by Barnabé Fillion, is lathered over incense papers for the duration of several weeks.
The fruit of this research is compiled in the book previously mentioned, made available in a limited edition. The book is also at the origin of the artist’s solo exhibit at Kunsthalle Basel. It is burned slowly, as prescribed by Anicka Yi, liberating incrementally its scent of amnesia. Furthermore, The Last Diamond explores the poetry of fragrance. One of the washing machines reveals the scent of burning paper, while the other releases the perfume made to forget, named Aliens and Alzheimer’s.
Joining Forces with the Unknown exhibit location:
16 rue Debelleyme (previously Weber Métaux store)
Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM
Every day from October 11 - 23, 2016