Lee Bul at T. Ropac
Lee Bul explores the notion of utopia in her work. The biomorphic figures in the Perdu series, like the crystalline architectures of the Velvet collages, seem suspended somewhere between the far-away past and the not-so-distant future. As the artist explains: ‘For me, utopia in its paradoxical essence is a nostalgic, even elegiac, idea.’
Lee Bul was born in 1964 of left-wing dissident parents under South Korea’s military dictatorship. She draws on her childhood experiences, as well as European and South Korean culture, to create works that resonate across history, warning of the dangers that come with trying to build a perfect society.
Every conception of utopia, historically, harbours the contradictory seeds of its own disintegration. It speaks of its own impossibility.