For Lee the interaction with the materials – for instance tubes, latex, and silicones – is important during the process of creation. She sees this process as a relationship between human being and material that touches on masochism. Physical power, tools, and will power are involved in shaping the sculpture to the wishes of the maker. The material offers resistance: it is a question of bend or break, for both parties concerned.
The 33-year-old artist Mire Lee lives and works both in Seoul and Amsterdam. In 2021, she earned a bachelor’s degree at the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts. In 2018 she participated in the residency programme of the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. i wanna be together; open anus evolved out of three earlier projects: the sculpture Hysteria, Elegance, Catharsis; the islands (2017), the sculpture and publication i wanna be together (2019), and the previous exhibition i wanna be together (2021).
‘Kunsthal Light’ is the Kunsthal’s talent development programme. Since 2011, this exhibition programme has been especially focusing on young artist who are capable of making 'a grand gesture' in an original and artistic way. Three times a year, the Kunsthal places HALL 6 (the over 25-meter-long display window along the ramp) at the disposal of an artist who is given free rein to make a site-specific work. ‘Kunsthal Light 25' is made possible by the Mondriaan Fund.
The Mondriaan Fund is a publicly financed fund for visual art and cultural heritage. It supports innovative projects and activities by visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage organizations, art institutions, archives, galleries and commissioning parties.