Yeon Sung, 연성, is an artist-researcher and graphic designer based in Rotterdam and South Korea. Trained in industrial design engineering and graphic design, her politically-charged practice traverses filmmaking, DIY-prototyping, (guerrilla) performing, and writing.

As a child of a traumatized generation by Japanese colonial occupation, her work emphasizes a decolonial perspective that weaves untold narratives shaped by political realities, along with non-human matters such as Copper and Dust, as Transversal Human Agencies that transcend time and territories.

She nurtures her artistic practice as a means of decolonial activism, incorporating affordable technology to challenge the dominant power structures of our society while also striving to make the artistic practice accessible to all, irrespective of their economic or social status.

She is currently working on the long-term project “The Matter Trilogy,” an experimental and multifaceted series that seeks to dissect non-human matters and their guilty chronicle, from the colonial past into the ecological realities of today.

Solo/Duo Exhibitions

2022 D: D-D-D, wrm space, Seoul, KR (Co-led by Mina Kim)
2021 D-Scape 2.0, Space Pado, Seoul, KR
2021 Phantom Menace2.5, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL
2021 Matter, Acts (OpZicht Programme), Stroom Den Haag, Den Haag, NL
2020 Rusty Odyssey, Cyart Gallery, Seoul, KR

Selected Group Shows
(Upcoming) 2024 Untitled, Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., Washington DC, USA
(Upcoming) 2024 Sonic Acts Biennale, Amsterdam, NL
2023 The Body is a Movement, Dutch Design Week 2023, Eindhoven, NL
2023 Orthodox vs Orthodox, Seongbuk Arts Center, Seoul, KR
2023 Test_Lab, V2_, Rotterdam, NL
2023 VOLT, WARP Art Village Summer Exhibition, WARP, Sint-Niklass, BE
2023 Springboard Art Fair, This Art Fair, Utrecht, NL
2022 From the Sea to the Clouds to the Soil, Stroom Den Haag, Den Haag, NL
2020 Artist Statement #5, Gimpo, KR
2020 Besides the Screen 2020, Porto, PT
2020 Other Ways of Watching Together, Mama, Rotterdam, NL
2020 MINT - SWITCH 3.0 Short Film Festival, Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL
2019 CRAFT 2.0, Neverland Cinema, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Gogbot Festival Young Blood Expo, Enschede, NL

Selected Lectures/Performances
2023 Lecture Performance: Weathering Station, Seongbuk Arts Center, Seoul, KR
2023 Lecture Performance: Weathering Ports, Goethe-Institut, Rotterdam, NL
2023 Lecture Performance D: D-D-D, Sweet Home Event by Woman’s Laptop, SAPY, Seoul, KR (Co-led by Mina Kim)

Residency/International Programme
2023 Summer Sessions, V2_, Rotterdam, NL
2023 Underexposed Residency, Sonic Acts, Amsterdam, NL
2023 Goethe Investigating Residency, Goethe-Institut, Rotterdam, NL
2023 WARP Art Village 2023, WARP, BE/NL
2021 Nieuwe Vide Research Residency, Haarlem, NL
2019 Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival Academy, Jihlava, CZ

2023 Praktijkbijdrag, CBK Rotterdam, NL
2023 Experiment Grant, Stimuleringsfonds, NL
2022 Artist Support Grant, Gyeongnam Culture and Art Foundation, Gyeongnam, KR
2022 Subsidie kunst- en cultuurprojecten (Projecten voor onderzoek en experiment), Gemeente Den Haag, NL
2022 Art&Tech Research&Development, Art Council of Korea, KR
2021 SPOT Individuele tentoonstelling, Stroom Den Haag, Den Haag, NL
2020 Art Change Up Grant, Gyeongnam Culture and Art Foundation, Gyeongnam, KR
2020 Stroom Promise Grant, Stroom Den Haag,  Den Haag, NL
2020 Art Support Grant RE:SEARCH, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, KR
2020 Grand Prize, Emerging Artists Competition, Cyart Gallery, Seoul, KR
2019 Nomination, Gogbot Festival Young Blood Expo, Enschede, NL

Academic Conferences
2020 Besides the Screen 2020 Conference, Porto, PT
2019 The Second PIN (Postcolonial Studies Initiative) Network Conference, Intellectuals Across Borders: Writers, Artists, Activists, Münster, DE

2020 Artist Statement #5, CICA Press, KR, USA