'29 '1 '58 '48 '17
Celeste V. Yun Ly 厲奫 is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in London. Born on Coast Salish land (Seattle) and raised in Shanghai and Anishinaabe land (Michigan), Ly is inspired by their nomadic upbringing, an architectural family background, and the places they have stayed; various spaces are examined in their research and practice — transitory and perpetual, abject and complicit, oneiric and surreal, material and immaterial interspaces.
Ly's works in sculpture, performance, installation, film, and text are an inquiry into power dynamics, institutions, intersubjective relations, futurity, and the subtleties of violence. Spanning a variety of mediums and processes, Ly seeks to use language and multimedia to present a study of the phenomena and connotations of interspaces and non-places, and the contingencies of the in-between in peripatetic contexts. Their recent research and practice focus on biomedical processes, registers of harm and synergy on and within the body, whether it be nonhuman, symbolic, sacrificial, or diasporic, and the body’s Sisyphean cycles through materiality and speculative approaches.
Ly has graduated with first class honours in BA (Hons) Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2021. They are currently a master’s candidate in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.
Their recent shows include tête-à-tête at Stereo in Glasgow (2021), 13festivalen at Konstepidemin in Gothenburg (2020), Generate! Festival for Electronic and Performance Art at Shedhalle Tübingen in Tübingen (2019), Mexico City at Ovalo Galeria de Arte in Mexico (2019), and Exchange | UAL x GOLD Collective in London (2019). Their writings have been previously published in publications including Pressing Matters and Lungs Project poetry anthology New Landscapes.