Pin Gallery in 798 is currently hosting Bad Exhibition. It is a fantastic exhibition and if you are in the area I suggest visiting. To learn more about it look at this article from CAFA Art Info. The work above is of particular interest to me. Lee Yong Baek, a South Korean artist, created Pieta in 2008. It is an installation made of FRP and iron plates. It is incredibly striking measuring 400 x 240 x 320 centimeters (157 x 94 x 126 inches). Last semester I revisited Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto. In the manifesto she states that, ““[a] cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature or social reality as well as a creature of fiction” (Haraway 7).
I have appropriated the idea of a cyborg into a way to look at gender–pulling apart a body and reconstructing it. All bodies are just a collection of parts. Lee Yong Baek conceptually merges an archetypal symbol of Western art with this idea of the body as non-human. A Pieta is usually Mary holding Jesus–a female holding a male. I like to look at these figures as ambiguously gendered but they are most likely two males.