YeLa An

Born in 1987 in Seoul, South Korea, and live and based in Vienna, Austria.

She studied photography in Japan and the post-conceptual art with professor Marina Grzinic at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. For many years she has been making artworks about mass media’s old images of Asian women to reflect the current state of gender (in)equality.

Now she is a Ph.D. candidate for philosophy at the same university about Orientalism and feminism. Her interest is an analysis of how today Asian women are represented internally in Asia but fulfilling as well a stereotype that is externally supported by the occidental look. This situation of subjugation by two gazes of oppression that forces Asian young women to emigrate to Europe to find a better life on themselves in Europe.

Therefore in 2019, she has founded an Asian female art and culture association, as well as an artist collective „Mai Ling“ with female artists, curators, and researchers in Vienna. Mai Ling aims to visualize Asian women and speak up their voices in Europe.


www.yelaan.com

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Related Lab(s): COAPPARATION (2019-2022)