David Zink Yi | Oxidación/Reducción
Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI | 20.3.–8.7.2012
Curator: Sharon Lerner
Place: Room 3 MALI
Season: From March 23 to July 5, 2012

MALI.  DAVID ZINK YI: oxidation / reduction is the first solo SIGN IN PERU PERUVIAN THIS ARTIST recognized abroad  PRESENTED AT THE ART MUSEUM OF LIMA - MALI 

The exhibition David Zink Yi: oxidation / reduction , presented in the context of the Biennial of Photography of Lima, has a number of works selected by the artist himself from two of its most recent samples submitted MAK Gallery in Vienna (2010 ) and in the gallery Hauser & Wirth New York (2011).In this exhibition, sponsored by Inteligo, you will be able to know the artwork of Zink Yi (Lima, 1973), which passes freely through a variety of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video.A copy of the representative piece Untitled (Architeuthis)  is included in this exhibition. It is a ceramic sculpture depicting a giant squid. Currently an edition of this work is on display at the Tate Modern in London. It is worth mentioning that at present the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin presents until April 29 a selection of works by the artist. 

[Lima, March 2012] .-  From 23 March to 8  July 5, the MALI under the First Biennial of Photography of Lima, presents the first solo exhibition at the David Zink Yi Peru (Lima, 1973) , renowned Peruvian artist living in Berlin. The exhibition, sponsored by Inteligo, brings together a group of selected works by Zink Yi included in two of his most recent samples: David Zink Yi. Manganese Make my Colors Blue (MAK Gallery, Vienna, 2010); and Pneuma (Hauser & Wirth Gallery, New York, 2011), including photography, film and a monumental ceramic sculpture. 

Zink Yi of Lima at the age of 16 to complete his secondary education in Germany, continuing his artistic training at the Kunst Akademie in Munich and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he was a pupil of prominent conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten (Rheinsberg, Germany, 1944). Living since then in Germany, Zink Yi belongs to a generation of contemporary artists interested in the processes of identity construction, understanding the latter as a dynamic concept and no center. During the last decade the artist has addressed cultural practices such as dance or music to explore these processes within different traditions. 

Much of the work Zink Yi explores the sense of belonging to specific communities, finding in them the reflection of complex processes of acculturation. Examples are Dedicated to Yen Wu Yi (2000), a piece that through interviews with people linked to the native Italian, Chinese and it explores the global nature of the food; or inside and out (2002), a video installation on three channels showing how the salsa music is constructed from the key, basic rhythm that first plasma in the body of the musicians before they play their instruments. 

The artwork of Zink Yi moves freely through a variety of media and materials showing a deep interest in the processes involved in each of them. 

About the sample
The title of the exhibition responds to this interest in materials. Referring to the "oxidation / reduction," it refers to the alchemical transmutation of matter and the physical and chemical processes involved in the production of parts, which can range from film processing in the analog photography to the different ways in which the clay becomes ceramic during burning at high temperatures. 

The sample to be featured in Hall 3 MALI includes five works, among which is the presence on the floor of a huge ceramic sculpture depicting a giant squid on a mass of dark viscous liquid.  Untitled (Architeuthis)  ( 2011) takes its name from a mysterious marine species living in the deep ocean for millions of years. It is said that this specimen has inspired a lot of myths and legends, and until recently it was only possible to know of its existence of fortuitous ways to discover their inert shells stranded by the sea. 

The exhibition also includes three large-format photographs, which range between figuration and abstraction. Briefly designated as Untitled ("Untitled") (2010) estasimágenes have closed frames that do not allow clearly distinguished from the context of what is represented. At first glance it might seem monochromatic planes but a closer look reveals that it is night photography cup of cedars, trees symbolize immortality is said in some cultures. 

Complements this 16mm film installation Pneuma (2010), a film that, by way of conclusion, closes the circle reflective display. "Pneuma", a word of Greek origin, has among its meanings "spirit," "breath" or "air" but also refers directly to the vital impulse. This film presents one shot a man (trumpeter Yuliesky Gonzalez Guerra) emerging from a distant blurred background and speaks directly to the camera, until her face is framed by a closed frame. At that point, the man lifts a trumpet and plays a single note `do' for 40 seconds, after which it stops abruptly as shortness of breath. 

About the artist
David Zink Yi (Lima, Peru, 1973) studied in Germany in the Berufsfachschule (1995-1998), the Kunst Academie in Munich (1997-1999) and the Universität der Künste, Berlin (1998-2002). His solo exhibitions include: Horror Vacui, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2012),  Untitled (Architeuthis) , Tate Modern, London (2012); Pneuma , Hauser & Wirth, New York (2011) Horror Vacui , Midway Contemporary Art , Minneapolis (2011),  David Zink Yi. Manganese Make my Colors Blue , MAK Museum, Vienna (2010); Borrowed Light , Kunsthalle Saint Galle, Switzerland (2009) 395 Roma , Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin, Italy (2007). He has also participated in various group exhibitions such as: Cut & Mix - Cultural Appropriation and Artistic Statement Contemporary Art from Peru and Chile , IFA Galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart (2011), Was tun? Was geschieht ?, Sammlung Rheingold, Dusseldorf (2010),  Brave New Worlds , Fondation Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2010); and Backyard , Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Netherlands (2009). He has also participated at the 10th Havana Biennial (2009). Lives and works in Berlin.