Biography

Carey Young (born 1970, lives and works in London) has developed her artistic practice from a cross-fertilization of disciplines including business, law, politics, science and communication. The tools and language of these different fields act as material for her installations, performances, text works and photographs, as well as for videos in which absurd relationships develop between the performer or subjects, and the rhetoric of political, commercial or legal discourse. Recently, she has explored relations between law, gender and the cinematic, most notably with the video installation Palais de Justice (2017), in which the artist surreptitiously filmed female judges working at the main courthouse of Belgium.

Young’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at La Loge, Brussels (2019), Towner Art Gallery (2019), Dallas Museum of Art (2017), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2013), The Power Plant, Toronto (2009), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009), Eastside Projects (Birmingham, 2009), MiMA (Middlesbrough, 2010), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, 2001) and group shows at Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2018), Aspen Art Museum (2016), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015), Tate Liverpool (2014-15), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), New Museum, New York (2011), Tate Britain (2009–10), ICA (London, 2003), The Photographers’ Gallery (London, 1999) amongst many others. She has participated in numerous biennials, including Moscow (2013, 2007), Taipei (2010), Sharjah (2005), and Venice (2003). Works in public collections include Tate Gallery, Centre Pompidou, Sharjah Art Foundation, Arts Council Collection and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Two monographs on her work have been published: Subject to Contract, was published by JRP | Ringier in 2013, and Carey Young: Incorporated, published by Film and Video Umbrella and John Hansard Gallery, 2001. Young is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Carey Young’s practice is research based and interdisciplinary, often involving collaborations with professionals from other fields, including lawyers, legal academics, scientists and communication skills trainers. She has been an Honorary Fellow in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London since 2013 and has given lectures at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Cambridge and Oxford University. She has taught at many art colleges internationally, including the Slade School of Fine Art, (London), where she is an Associate Professor in Fine Art.