Yujin Lee (born in Daegu, 1986) yujinlee.art@gmail.com


Yujin Lee is a visual artist experimenting with process art and relational art.

Lee's 2013 video titled, 108 Bows, made in collaboration with a Japanese ballerina, Emi Hariyama, is the first work that displayed her interest in the idea of ‘interrelationship (in-yeon or yeon-gi in Korean).’ Today, the word in-yeon is commonly used by Koreans to mean fate, originating from an ancient Buddhist doctrine, Pratītyasamutpāda (the dependent arising) and Nidāna (links).

Lee uses various mediums and methods such as drawing, video, performance, site-specific projects, audience participation, and collaborations to crystalize the idiosyncratic ‘interrelationships’ that she encounters in life. She does so by obscuring normative boundaries, welcoming unexpected variables, and in many ways admiring amateurism and imperfections in the final work of art.

Her art practice is essentially conceptual, leaving behind experiences, memories and documentations, and maybe a few incidental art objects that are like amulets, neither to be easily discarded nor cherished.

이유진은 과정 예술 및 관계 예술을 실험하는 시각 예술가다.

그는 2013년 일본인 발레리나 하리야마 에미(Hariyama Emi)와의 협업 영상 <108배>에서 처음으로 '상호관계성(인연 또는 연기)’의 개념을 작품에 담기 시작했다. 오늘날 한국에서 흔히 ‘운명’이라는 의미로 사용되는 ‘인연’은 불교 철학의 Pratītyya-samutpāda(緣起)와 Nidāna(因緣)에서 비롯되었다.

이유진은 드로잉, 영상, 퍼포먼스, 장소 특정적 프로젝트, 관객 참여, 협업 등 다양한 매체와 방법을 통해 그가 살아가면서 마주하는 오묘한 '상호관계'를 가시화한다. 그 과정에서 그는 규범화된 경계를 모호하게 하고, 예상치 못한 변수를 환영하며, ‘완성된’ 예술 작품에 나타나는 비범한 아마추어리즘과 불완전성에 감탄한다.

이유진에게 창작은 곧 '실천하는 것'으로 그것의 결과물은 다변적이면서 유일무이한 경험, 그것의 기억 및 기록, 그리고 쉽게 버리지도 각별히 보존할 필요도 없는 누군가의 필요성에 의해 만들어진 부적 같은 미미한 미적 오브제들이다.

After her time in Berlin (2010 - 13) and New York City (2013 - 2017), Lee moved to Jeju Island at the end of 2018. She acquired an old farmhouse complex that came with a main house, a sub house, a tangerine barn, and a garden. She renovated the place into a creative live/work space, where she began to run an experimental artist residency inspired by Van Gogh's Studio of the South, the Black Mountain College, and Rirkrit Tiravanija's The Land Foundation. Calling it Next Door to the Museum Jeju, Lee envisions an intimate collective laboratory where the boundaries of art and life is muddled and the art that results from it are too obscure to belong anywhere. To this day, a total of six domestic and international artists have gone through the residency.


Next door to the Museum Jeju (ND to the M) is Yujin Lee’s studio/home, located next to Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a traditional Jeju farm house consisting of an ‘ahn-geori’ (main house), ‘bak-geori’ (‘sub’ house), a tangerine barn, and a small patch of land. After many years of living abroad, Lee moved into ND to the M in January of 2019. The tangerine barn located at the entrance is turned into an art studio/collaborative working space; ‘ahn-geori’ is adjusted to Lee’s main living quarter with a space to host a guest; ‘bak-geori’ is transformed into a private living/working space for a long-term resident artist. Located next to Jeoji Aritsts’ Village, ND to the M itself is surrounded by seven native Jeju farmers’ homes. These elderly farmers have a great pride in having lived there for generations and a deep affection to their farming life. Yet, when Lee moved into the neighborhood, they specifically expressed to her a desire to contribute to and be a part of the new “art village” identity assigned by the government in 1999. Therefore, in May 2019, as its first project, ND to the M invited two artists (Hye-in Lee @hyeinparklee and Osheen Siva @osheen.siva) to each execute a public mural on one of the tangerine barns in the village. ND to the M’s second project, “Into Jeju,” is an alternative residency for artists that invites two creatives (Florian Bong Kil Grosse @bong.kil from Berlin and Aracha Cholitgul @arachacholitgul from Bangkok) to live with Lee for six to eight weeks and explore, inspire, be inspired, and create (August ~ November, 2020).