Young Sun Han is a visual artist and curator whose practice intersects photography, performance, installation, and sculpture. His work aims to reveal how individuals negotiate and adapt to their cultural and everyday surroundings in order to locate their sense of place within society and history.
Young graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2005, he received the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange grant to live and work in Cologne, Germany, where he also studied the language. Young was the Co-Director of City Art Rooms Project Trust in Auckland, New Zealand from 2007-2010 where he organized exhibitions and partnered with corporations to host an annual student arts award and art billboard project, raising money for Cure Kids, NZ.
Since moving back to the United States in 2010, Young has exhibited his work in group exhibitions at David Zwirner (NYC), Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago), Las Manos Gallery (Chicago), and Printed Matter Inc. (NYC). His work was recently featured in First Look (Korea), Flash Art, Juxtapoz, and Entertainment Weekly. Art donations have raised funds for the Grace Church School, 826NYC, Equality Illinois, the Red Dress Party, and UNICEF's Next Generation. His 2012 artist book, sooner later raised money for the NGO, Life Funds for North Korean Refugees. In 2017, he took on a production advisory role for the massive Nasty Women Exhibition and movement, featuring over 640 self-identifying women artists, raising $42,000 for Planned Parenthood in New York. The concept has spread to over 30 sister shows worldwide under the direction of many others.
Professionally, Young has worked as an assistant and production coordinator for many artists including: Marcel Dzama, Raymond Pettibon, Theaster Gates, Jin Soo Kim, and Gerda-Meyer Bernstein.
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