Hee Jin Kang
Untitled (blue bed, brownstones), from No Sleep
No Sleep is a series of photographs of abandoned mattresses found around New York City, mostly in Brooklyn. The beds are sometimes seedy and sometimes luminous, pathetic, monolithic and architectural, strange, out-of-place and totally banal. I'm interested in how these beds, although mute, allude to all the things we do on them - sleep, dream, have sex. Dumped onto the streets of New York, the mattresses are impermanent memorials to the city's many private stories.
4x6" image on 8x10" paper
Archival inkjet print
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Born in Seoul, Korea, Hee Jin Kang holds degrees from Yale University and the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited internationally, including at the Hayward Gallery in London, Sotheby's New York, the Musée de l'Élysée in Switzerland, and Culturgest Portugal. Her work has been published in Blindspot, New York Magazine, Monthly Photo, Art Review, Vogue Hommes International, i-D, Tank and Harper's Bazaar Korea. NO SLEEP, her first monograph, was published by Kehrer Verlag in September 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.