David Zink Yi

Peruvian, b. 1973

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David Zink Yi

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Peruvian, b. 1973

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Biography

In his films, sculptures, and videos, David Zink Yi explores the relationship between collective and individual identity. The Peru-born, Berlin-based artist, who participated in the 2013 Venice Biennale, is particularly interested in Afro-Caribbean cultures, and he examines musical traditions and cultural mythologies in his art. Giant squid—a deep-sea-dwelling animal rarely seen alive by humans—are a recurring motif in Zink Yi’s work, and perhaps act as a metaphor for his practice. He creates ceramic squid sculptures surrounded by inky puddles made from a syrup compound. With this amorphous, deflated-looking creature, Zink Yi creates a connection between the grotesque, the alien, and the organic, and raises questions about how we interact with unfamiliar cultural forces. “What I enjoy is this kind of alchemical situation in converting this garbage of nature, which is a huge metaphor for many things,” the artist has said.

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Tate Modern, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

In his films, sculptures, and videos, David Zink Yi explores the relationship between collective and individual identity. The Peru-born, Berlin-based artist, who participated in the 2013 Venice Biennale, is particularly interested in Afro-Caribbean cultures, and he examines musical traditions and cultural mythologies in his art. Giant squid—a deep-sea-dwelling animal rarely seen alive by humans—are a recurring motif in Zink Yi’s work, and perhaps act as a metaphor for his practice. He creates ceramic squid sculptures surrounded by inky puddles made from a syrup compound. With this amorphous, deflated-looking creature, Zink Yi creates a connection between the grotesque, the alien, and the organic, and raises questions about how we interact with unfamiliar cultural forces. “What I enjoy is this kind of alchemical situation in converting this garbage of nature, which is a huge metaphor for many things,” the artist has said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 1 more