Cyborg W1–W4 (1998) by Lee Bul

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 17:37

Lee Bul began working on her Cyborg series – futuristic, figurative sculptures that draw on Japanese anime and classical statuary – in the late 1990s. Like the theorist Donna Haraway, whose essay ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ was published in 1984, Lee Bul is interested in what the figure of the cyborg – a transhuman hybrid of flesh and machine – can tell us about desire, our relationship to technology, and cultural attitudes towards the female body.

Cyborg W1–W4 (1998) by Lee Bul. Photo: Yoon Hyung-moon, courtesy of Studio Lee Bul

Lee Bul's armoured cyborgs, with their prominent breasts, hips and buttocks, are made from silicone, a material often used for prosthetics. In this exhibition, Cyborg W1, W2, W3 and W4 (all 1998) are suspended alongside reconstructions of the soft sculptures that Lee Bul wore during her early performances, and two delicate sculptures from her Anagram series.


My work has always been a representation of a desire to transcend limitations
Lee Bul


Lee Bul: Crashing at Hayward Gallery runs 1 June – 19 August 2018

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