Five Acts

Hong, Y (2024) Five Acts. Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 3 February - 5 May 2024.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Hong, Y
Abstract: Five Acts is a new commission and solo exhibition by Young In Hong. The exhibition brings together tapestry, sculpture, video and performance to explore the bond between humans and animals through movement, sound and other non-linguistic forms of expression. The centrepiece of the commission is a forty metre-long, embroidered tapestry that documents the struggles for better working conditions and fair pay of women workers in Korea during the period 1920–1980. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry – an 11th century embroidery depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066 – Hong’s version pays homage to the women workers who fought against Japanese colonial rule and became a driving force behind South Korea’s modernisation. Surrounding the tapestry is a group of willow and fabric sculptures that resemble animal toys found in zoos. A series of live performances taking place during the exhibition’s run invite a group of five performers to explore improvisation through movement and sound. Taking the tapestry as a score, the performers interact with the sculptures while responding to the historical events narrated in the embroidery. In addition to these newly commissioned pieces, Hong presents two recent works. Ring of Animals (2023) and The White Mask (2021).
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Date: February 2024
Event Location: Spike Island, Bristol, UK

Five Acts was performed five times between 2 February and 27 April 2024 by Clara Potter-Sweet, Molly Olivia Broad, Johnny Jones and Eden Leo with drummer Emma Holbrook. The sculpture was fabricated in collaboration with Chung Kyung Lee (straw weaving) Milly Hardy and Copper Sounds (ceramic bells) and Sarah Jayne Edwards (willow weaving).

Five Acts is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance programme, supported by Arts Council England, with additional support from the Korea Artist Prize.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2024 22:20
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 22:21
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