Carey Young: Memento Park


Cornerhouse presents a major touring solo show by artist Carey Young. Young, who grew up in Manchester and also studied here, is best known for her witty explorations of corporate and legal culture. Using a variety of media including video, photography, text and telephonic systems, Young examines these worlds, altering their language and tools to create fictional and absurd scenarios, which operate midway between performance and installation.

This exhibition, reconfigured for Cornerhouse, surveys the artist’s investigations of language, rhetoric and performance. The new video Memento Park (2010) extends and reframes Young’s interests in performance, politics and leftist ideas. Filmed in a statue park in Budapest, which contains a large collection of monumental, Soviet-era statues in poses of ‘suspended animation’, the piece relates these icons of propaganda to their newly suburban, but strangely idyllic setting.

The show also includes UK premieres of several works, such as Product Recall (2007), a video in which the artist undergoes a psychoanalyst session relating to contemporary advertising.

A new publication also accompanies the exhibition, featuring texts by Berlin-based writer Jennifer Allen, writer and curator Raimundas Malasauskas and an interview with Young by American artist Jill Magid.

Co-commission with Cornerhouse, Eastside Projects and mima

Exhibition supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Memento Park (2010) has received additional funding from London College of Communication and the University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).