Carey Young: «Legal Fictions»


August 31–November 10, 2013


Opening: Friday, August 30



First solo exhibition in Switzerland by Carey Young (b. Lusaka, Zambia, 1970; lives and works in London).

Since the late 1990s, Young has investigated the growing influence of international corporations on the individual in works that span a variety of media including video, performance, text and installation, and which draw on the tradition of conceptual art. Notably, she studies how language is transformed by corporate culture, or how contractual structures and their linguistic markers progressively pervade and reshape all domains of life. Young has increasingly used law as an artistic medium to create experimental legal structures which present law as a separate “reality” and which choreograph unexpected relationships between artist, viewer and gallery. Her work often develops from within the particular culture she explores. Like a double agent, she immerses herself in the business or legal worlds, donning the appropriate attire and enacting recommended scenarios in order to examine and question the reach of each institution’s power and its ability to shape our contemporary reality. The exhibition will feature existing works as well as a major new series conceived especially for this show at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. The new works will address legal loopholes in laws regulating surveillance, freedom of speech and public space.
The exhibition is curated by Raphael Gygax (curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst).

Carey Young has presented her work in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2010), the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, and The Power Plant, Toronto (both in 2009); she participated in the Taipei Biennial in 2010, the Moscow Biennial in 2007, the Sharjah Biennial in 2005, and the Venice Biennial in 2003. Apart from that, selected works were shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), at the New Museum, New York (2011), the MoMA/PS1, New York (2010), and at Tate Britain (2010). In conjunction with the exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, an extensive monograph surveying Young’s oeuvre and including contributions by the artist, Martha Buskirk, Raphael Gygax, and Tirdad Zolghadr will be published by JRP|Ringier.

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