Yangah Ham was born in 1968 in Seoul, Korea. After studies in Seoul (B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University), she moved to New York, where she received an M.A. from New York University in 1997. Her video work has been included in exhibitions throughout Korea, including shows at the Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul; Seoul Arts Center; Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art; Busan Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Asian American Art Center, New York. This exhibition will be her first solo project in the U.S.
Yangah Ham’s video works investigate life cycles in nature, using durational, monolithic imagery. Mundane activities are isolated and rendered abstract, nature is fabricated and exaggerated. Physical manifestations of the passing of time have been a continued interest; in Cheese (1997), Ham documented a piece of cheese decaying, presented in real time. Recently, this concentration on the passage of time has evolved into investigations of dreams.