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Young In Hong receives the Spike Island Commission for South West-based Artists

Left: Young In Hong. Courtesy the artist. Right: Young In Hong, Ring of Animals (2023), straw woven animal shoes. Installation detail. Courtesy of Kunsthal Extra City and the artist. Photograph by We Document Art.

Young In Hong receives the Spike Island Commission for South West-based Artists

Spike Island is delighted to announce Young In Hong as the recipient of the Spike Island Commission for South West-based Artists. The commission will be presented in Spike Island’s galleries in spring 2024.


Young In Hong is an artist based in Bristol. Working across textiles, installation, sound and performance, she explores processes and ideas around authorship, translation and reinterpretation.

In her work, Hong combines unique sounds and movements with extensive research on the image; its history and its meaning in the present. Her textile works incorporate found images that document the human cost of Korea’s modernisation to create new iconographies and choreographies that reimagine the movement of living bodies. Hong is interested in art’s potential to uncover hidden stories and traverse different languages to promote a sense of ‘equality’ that cuts across generations, nationalities and species.

Born in Seoul, Hong lives and works in Bristol. She has exhibited her work widely including solo exhibitions at Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (2023); Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (2018); Korean Cultural Centre, London (2017) and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015). Her performances have been presented at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2022); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2019); Arnolfini, Bristol (2019); Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Block Universe, London (2017) and Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014). In 2019, Hong was shortlisted for the Korea Artist Prize.

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