Anicka Yi Reinvents Nature at the Hangar Bicocca

Anicka Yi Reinvents Nature at the Hangar Bicocca
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They look like something out of a science fiction movie, the works of South Korean artist Anicka Yi. In her installations, tempura-fried flowers, seaweed and bacterias encounter robotic insects and ultrasound devices, giving life to hybrid ecosystems that subvert the confines between the natural and artificial. After the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim (2016) and the commission from Hyundai which, this year, saw her rule over the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, Anicka Yi comes to Milan with Metaspore, her first monographic exhibition in the Belpaese. At the Pirelli HangarBicocca, twenty sculptures and installations created, beginning in 2010, make up an itinerary at the confine between artistic imagination and scientific study. In fact, engineers, chemists and biologists all contribute to the creations of Anicka, committed to reflecting on current issues like the climactic emergency and migration or the new possibilities of exchanges between living organisms and artificial intelligence. An interesting example of all of this is Biologizing the Machina (Terra Incognita), the installation on the concepts of the ecosystem and interdependence presented at the Venice Biennial of 2019, to be rediscovered today in a new extended version. Always a proponent of a sensorial approach to art, Anicka has an inclination towards the world of smell - along with a French fragrance maker, she conceived the aroma of forgetfulness and, for the Gagosian, she distilled the fragrance of the art market. What will the scent of her Milanese exhibition be?
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano