Limerick, Ireland
Haegue Yang, Holiday for Tomorrow, 2007, screens, blinds, fan, sculpture and video, dimensions variable

Haegue Yang

b. 1971, Korea

The installation Holiday for Tomorrow is composed of various elements, including a video essay. While sequences of the ‘resting phase’ of Seoul during the Chuseok days (traditional Korean bank holiday) unfold, a female voice reflects and contemplates on her subjective interpretation on the nature of a holiday. According to her observation, a holiday is mostly a socially agreed temporary suspension of labour from a restless production urge, only legitimated itself for the purpose of regeneration for better future production efficiency. However, a holiday often doesn’t function because so much expectation is projected onto it that even the most urgent needs and desires must be postponed for a better time, which is meant as the next holiday. Two semi-transparent structures surround the installation: a wooden screen and venetian blinds filter the sight of the viewer and serve as an obstacle to sight, suggesting a certain rest for the sense of sight. Shell Sculpture is a fairly absurd combination of material (shells) and form (Philosopher’s Stone). While shells reminds us of the concept of rest and leisure at a romantic seaside location, all used shells in this piece, in fact, come from seafood restaurants and is actually nothing but daily urban waste. This contradiction between a shell’s association and reality somewhat resembles the constantly delayed and therefore dysfunctional existence of holidays.

(Text: too early for vacation catalogue, 2008)

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