ED YOUNG
All So Fucking African

Solo Presentation – The Armory Show
Pier 94, New York, USA
03.03.16 – 06.03.16

Ed Young presents ALL SO FUCKING AFRICAN (2016), one of eight special projects for The ARMORY Show’s invitational Focus: African Perspectives section, curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba.

The multifarious site-specific installation combines text and objects that elicit an initially comical absurdity, but lastingly sinister impression, while still articulating a far more contentious issue. Threaded throughout the work is a biting wit, which becomes all the more disarming when coupled with Young’s cynical solemnity. The piece offers a multitude of layers with various double, even triple, entendres for the viewer to explore, while simultaneously critiquing the current automatic ‘pimping’ of extrinsic cultures for the benefit of appearing as all-inclusive or alternative.

The installation wields a popular and sub-culture based visual language, making it immediately accessible. This slew of innuendo and the undermining of perceived meaning, displays Young’s manipulation of symbolism alongside the relativity of visual and linguistic understanding. Young’s work implies a pseudo-ambiguity, yet offers audiences the opportunity for introspection, should they be willing to accept initial discomfort at the perturbing presentation.

 

Read ED YOUNG by Ed Young, 2016 by Lwandile Fikeni.

 

Ed Young was born in 1978 Welkom, Free State and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Since 2003, Young has presented solo exhibitions in Cape Town, Durban, Miami, Zurich and Basel. His latest video work, Agnus Dei (2015), was screened at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town.

His work has been shown in various group exhibitions locally and abroad including: T1 – The Pantagruel Syndrome in 2005 during the Triennale Turin at Castello di Rivoli d’arte Contemporanea di Torino in Turin, Italy; How Contemporary Video Artists See the USA (Part I) at the Figge von Rossen Galerie in Cologne in 2006 and The Art of Failure at Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel in 2007. In 2008, his work featured in Hollywood Remix at the Hayward Gallery in London and Here Once Again: Where Art and Cinema Interact, The Gallery Loop / Museum of Art, Seoul National University in South Korea. Young showed his video It’s Not Easy at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in the same year. He also exhibited in Dada South? and 1910 to 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective exhibitions in 2009 and 2010 respectively at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.

Young presented a solo installation at VOLTA9 in Basel in 2013, followed by a solo exhibition ARCH in Cape Town. He was awarded the AiR Rote Fabrik residency facilitated by Pro Helvetia in Zurich, Switzerland that same year. In 2014, his work was included in Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy at the Iziko South African National Gallery, KULTURPALAST in Berlin, Germany and Analogue Eye – Video Art Africa at the National Arts Fesitival in Grahamstown, South Africa and later in 2015 at the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Austria. Young also exhibited in Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts at the UNISA (University of South Africa) Art Gallery in Pretoria and Museum Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. In November 2015, Ed Young was a featured artist for SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Artissima in Torino, Italy.

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