Hyekyung Son (South Korea) in her practice focuses on the contradiction of the capitalist system, which essentially valorises itself through the exploitation of surplus-value, and the necessity of the overcoming of the contradiction, which is metaphorically structuralised. Hyekyung studies and researches the laws and principles of the capitalist system, and presenting this through the basic unit of the wealth in capitalist society; the commodity. Through her work she seeks to take and hold a materialist and dialectic approach.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Hyekyung plans to conduct historical and empirical research, as well as theoretical and conceptual analysis of the capitalist system. This includes the way the conventional system of land was replaced, with focus on various modes of land enclosure which date back to 16th century; and studying the genesis of maturely settled capitalist system, based on industrial revolution and the factory system, keeping an eye on its relevance to the process of industrialisation and urbanisation of many modern cities in England. Hyekyung will also continue her theoretical research on Marxist theory, and seeks to form a network with various researchers, institutions and activists around related issues.

Hyekyung Son has studied sculpture and earned MFA from Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and BFA from Ewha Womans University, Seoul (South Korea). Her works have been exhibited in various places, including; Pohang Museum of Steel Art (Pohang, South Korea), SongEun ArtSpace (Seoul, South Korea), Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (Busan, South Korea), Arko Art Center (Seoul, South Korea), and Gobi Desert and National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery (Mongolia). She has also participated in MMCA (National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, South Korea) Residency programme in Goyang. She has recently won the 18th Chang Dookun Art Award in 2022 from Pohang Museum of Steel Art, South Korea, and the 10th Red Award (section of remarkable form) in 2021 from Labor Party Korea.

Hyekyung was born and grew up in South Korea. She is currently based in Seoul, South Korea.


SongEun Art & Cultural Foundation

and additional support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Winter 2024




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