UCCA Beijing

Haegue Yang: Household Metrics + Screening of Nathalie Granger


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese translation

Haegue Yang (b. 1971, Seoul) is known for sculptures that orchestrate a wide range of banal objects into complex, anthropomorphic compositions, suspending the functionality of everyday tools and accentuating their objecthood and spirituality. In this lecture, held on the occasion of the first public day of "Haegue Yang: Come Shower or Shine, It Is Equally Blissful," UCCA invites Yasmil Raymond (Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art) to discuss Yang's work.

Proceeding the lecture is a screening of Nathalie Granger. Born in Seoul and a resident of Europe since 1994, Haegue Yang is well aware of the challenges facing those immigrating to foreign countries, and it is precisely this diasporic impulse that informs much of her work. Themes of migration also feature heavily in the works of twentieth-century filmmaker and novelist Marguerite Duras, who spent her youth in colonial of Vietnam then later returned to her parent's native France. Here UCCA screens the works of Duras to explore connections between the two artists.

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Screening | 16:30-18:00

Nathalie Granger

It is about two women and their largely absent little girls – one of whom is Nathalie Granger – in a country house. Audible are radio reports about a policeman hunt for two young murderers and kidnappers in the area. The pressure of the school system on Nathalie, the murder the young men committed in the area, and the threat of deportation facing Nathalie's Portuguese mother all form an invisible outside world, which is not shown or expressed, but which determines the events in the house. Societal violence is not shown; it is nonetheless omnipresent.

This film touches on the many aspects of filmmaking as art and Duras's complex relationship to it.

Director: Marguerite Duras

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Depardieu

Genre: Drama

Country: France

Runtime: 83 min.

Speaker: Xu Feng (Professor, The Central Academy of Drama)

Lecture | 18:30-20:00

Haegue Yang:Household Metrics

Speaker: Yasmil Raymond (Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art)

Moderator: Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)


Yasmil Raymond (Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art)

Yasmil Raymond joined The Museum of Modern Art as Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture in July 2015. Previously, Ms. Raymond served as a curator at the of Dia Art Foundation, where she organized exhibitions and projects with artists Allora & Calzadilla (2015), Carl Andre (2014), Thomas Hirschhorn (2013), Jean-Luc Moulène (2012), Yvonne Rainer (2011), Ian Wilson (2015-2011), Robert Whitman (2011), Koo Jeong A (2010), Franz Erhard Walther (2010), and Trisha Brown (2009).

Before Dia Art Foundation, she was an associate curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for five years. At the Walker, Ms. Raymond co-curated several seminal exhibitions including, with Philippe Vergne, "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love," which won the 2008 award for the "Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally" from the International Association of Art Critics. She also curated solo exhibitions with Tomas Saraceno and Tino Sehgal, and co-curated with Doryun Chong the group exhibition "Brave New Worlds." Ms. Raymond was part of the Education Department at MCA Chicago before Walker. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies.

Xu Feng (Professor, The Central Academy of Drama)

A Chinese film historian and critic, born in Shanghai February 8, 1971. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy as Film theory Master in 1998, he became a teacher in Film and TV Department of Central Academy of Drama. At the same time of his teaching, he is preparing his doctoral paper The New Wave and the Montage Theory in Paris 8 University.


Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)