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Profile

YeLa An (14.03.1987), is born in Seoul and based in Vienna. 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 women to reflect the current state of gender (in)equality.

Now she is a candidate for a Ph.D. of 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 „MAI LING“ with female artists, curators, and researchers in Vienna.
MAI LING aims to visualize Asian women and speak up their voices in Europe.


Education

2017 – TODAY
Ph.D. Doctoral Studies (Doktoratsstudium der Philosophie) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Professor Dr. Marina Grzinic

2013 – 2017
Fine Arts Studies (Studium Bildende Kunst) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna,
Professor Dr. Marina Grzinic

2011 – 2014
Art and Communicative Practice and Textile Studies (Studium KKP und TEX) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna

2009 – 2011
Photography Studies at the Tokyo Zokei University in Japan


Scolarships

2018 Artstart Scholarship at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2016 Project funding at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2010 Student Service Organisation in Japan Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan

2008 Hyogo-Ken Scholarship, Hyogo-Ken, Japan


Public collections

Kupferstichkabinett, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT)