Lee Bul is a contemporary mixed-media artist from South Korea. Considered as one of the foremost Asian artists to emerge from the international art scene in the 1990s, she represented South Korea in the 1999 Venice Biennale.
Drawing upon experiences of living under a military dictatorship, her work reflects images of totalitarianism, alongside contrasting visions of utopian architectural designs.
Exploring issues ranging from societal gender roles and the perceived failure of idealism to the relationship between humans and technology, she produces genre-crossing works rooted in critical theory, art history and themes from science fiction.
Lee Bul: Visions is a comprehensive monograph presenting her most iconic works over the last 30 years.
This survey will include an extensive illustrated interview investigating her life, aims and influences alongside an essay discussing the interplay between architecture, design and the human influence and another exploring the domestic and international context for her artistic vision.
Accompanies the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 30 May – 19 Aug 2018. Continuing to Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, Mid-Sept – 5th Jan 2019.