David Zink Yi, ‘Untitled’, 2012, 80M2 Livia Benavides

About David Zink Yi

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.

Peruvian, b. 1973, Lima, Peru, based in Berlin, Germany