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Han & Mona MRSS

Mona Yoo and Hanqing Ma are artists, photographer, and researchers living and working between Edinburgh, London, and Seoul. Their collaborative practice use photography, sculpture, and architectural intervention to explore the imagery of ruin, material decay, and the embodied experience in gallery space.
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Han & Mona (b.1990 & 1987)live and work in Edinburgh and Seoul.

The practice of Han & Mona emerges from photography, sculpture and progresses towards site-specific installation. The central subject of the work is spatial history, consisting of ruins, decay, and architectural intervention. Han & Mona are particularly interested in urban space, and the coexistence’ of historic facades and modern urban construction. Their own personal coexistence between the UK and East Asian countries has developed a growing interest in cultural and social concerns within architecture and historic remains in a global context.

Han & Mona have previously been commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, and the Korean Cultural Centre, London, to create large-scale photographic installations in response to historic sites and gallery spaces.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Place in Reverse (2019), Yamakiwa Gallery, Niigata; Sediment, Patina, Displacement (2018), OCI Museum of Art, Seoul; We Existed Here (2017), Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. Han & Mona’s works are held in major public collections including; Royal Scottish Academy, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, OCI Museum of Art, and Photographic Collection of The City of Deauville. The artist is the winner of the Gilbert Bayes Award, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and have been received grants from RSA John Kinross Memorial Fund, Arts Council Korea, and Freelands Foundation.