Mire Lee

Born 1988 in Seoul (South Korea),
lives and works in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Mire Lee’s motorised sculptures feel like organic machines in which viscous liquids circulate and spread through tangled cables and pipes. The artist’s works – arising from her ambiguous emotional relationship with her materials, such as steel, silicone and clay – explore the tension between attraction and repulsion, love and hatred, gentleness and violence, domination and submission. Inspired by the reference to “vore”, a fetishistic practice that involves wanting to swallow or be swallowed, her piece for the Biennale explores the act of devouring as the ultimate way of uniting.

With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Korea (MCST), Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), and the grant program Fund for Korean Art Abroad (FKAA)
With the assistance of Centre Culturel Coréen

Mire Lee, Saboteurs (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale]. © Blaise Adilon