Hyounsang Yoo was born in Seoul, Korea. Yoo is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in Chicago. His works explore relationships between history and ideas of production of reality as related to images and mass media through photography, video, installation and sculpture. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis on photography in 2011. He is currently in his second year as a candidate for an MFA in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hyounsang Yoo's work has been exhibited in the Bridge Art Fair in Chelsea, New York; Expo Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and many other venues. He has received several awards including International Photography Awards, PhotoSpiva, Selected Artists Belt, Korea and was a recipient of the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship. He is also an alumnus of the Contemporary Artists Center, Vermont Studio Center, and Kala Art Institute Artist-In-Residence.

Personal Statement

My practice is informed and shaped by transition. I look to mass media as a starting point because it provides an outline of the socio-political landscape. I take the source, which is often a specific political and historical event. I then strip it from its context, leaving only the relationships between people, in individuality and as a group, and the event. I then manipulate and translate this information; with it I compile, reinterpret, and categorize the elements within the original image. Even though the final product is often heavily manipulated, staged, and stripped of contextual information, the generated images are still capable of portraying the political and historical context. I am thus exploring how the individual or group that produces mass media is imprinting some contextual memory on the images associated with these political and historical events. Specifically, each of these individuals or groups is a function of the political and historical context within which they live. Consequently, they are unable to produce an unbiased image, thus even when manipulated, my final images are still capable of triggering the memory of the viewers. However, because historical and political context is heterogeneous in space and time, each memory response is a function of where the viewer is from and what event is being portrayed. This work thus allows me to question how political and social differences in a globalized world shape our individual memory response.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.