Anicka Yi at Kunsthalle Basel

Gaia Art Foundation was pleased to support 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, Anicka Yi’s solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel from 12 June - 16 August 2015.

Perishable substances are Yi’s medium of choice, from deep-fried flowers to recalled powdered milk to potato chips to snail excretions. They are also the building blocks for her peculiar brand of techno-sensual alchemy, which assaults the senses as much as it traffics in a strange emotional charge. In “7,070,430K of Digital Spit”, the Korean-born artist looks back at her practice via a vast new project spread across and imagined for the entire ground floor of Kunsthalle Basel.

This show self-consciously acts as a coda to five years of production and exhibition making that has been organized around very personal subjects such as denial, divorce, and death. Yi now tackles the matter of forgetting by creating new work that refers to and takes up themes from her past production and incorporates an exhibition-specific smell – the scent of forgetting – which wafts through the galleries. The exhibition is accompanied by (and in a sense built around) a new artwork-as-publication impregnated with the scent of forgetting – its pages are meant to be burned after reading.

Anicka Yi, 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, was on view at Kunsthalle Basel from 12 June – 16 Aug 2015.