MAUSOLEUM | YANG-EN HUME
30 Sep 21 — 03 Oct 21
Additional info: Open Eve: Friday 1st 10am-5pm
A large textile installation by YANG-EN HUME
Flea markets in Europe feature overwhelming amounts of domestic detritus. Family photographs, letters, fabric and handicrafts are displayed in disorganised piles, presenting a striking contrast to the carefully classified artefacts exhibited in museums. Such differences reveal a valuing of certain stories and an overlooking of others. Personal histories are embedded within the surfaces of found objects; the intimate, private nature of these items simultaneously reveal and conceal much about the people who once owned them.
Mausoleum is made from multiple photographs of anonymous women collected at flea markets, stitched together to form a large curtain of fabric. Printed digitally onto translucent fabric, layered and cut, the partially obscured, fragmented prints reflect the way in which found objects only tell us fragments of a story. Fabric, embroidery and portraits of women take up space in the gallery, highlighting the unseen labour of women and paying homage to the often overlooked domestic crafts. Mausoleum invites the audience to question why certain stories and objects are memorialised in museums while others are discarded.
Yang-En Hume is an Australian-Singaporean artist based in London. She has held solo and group exhibitions in London, Sydney and France. Her 2020 exhibition Relics and her 2019 exhibition Duplicate State, wove together found objects, cameraless photography and fibre art to explore how personal histories are remembered and constructed. Hume has been the recipient of various grants and prizes. She won the A-N artist bursary in 2020 and the NG Creative Residency Prize in 2018. In 2015 she was awarded the National Art School Paris Residency, the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant.