Life is Cheap

The Guggenheim Museum


“In 2016 Anicka Yi was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in recognition of the power and singularity of the experimental body of work she has produced over the past decade. Her installations, which draw on scientific concepts and techniques to activate vivid fictional scenarios, ask incisive questions about human psychology and the workings of society. Yi uses unconventional materials to examine what she calls ‘a biopolitics of the senses,’ or how assumptions and anxieties related to gender, race, and class shape physical perception.

For this exhibition Yi worked with a team of molecular biologists and forensic chemists to create an installation in which natural and technological forces appear as surging, unruly forms that are nonetheless clinically contained.”

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Works included in this exhibition