Palais de Justice - solo show at La Loge, Brussels

Sept 5 - Oct 19th. Artist talk, in discussion with Susan Schuppli Sept 11th. Further info

London Review of Books, review of ‘Palais de Justice’ by Brian Dillon

April 4th issue. Read full text

Art Monthly, feature interview with Carey Young by Maria Walsh

March 2019 issue. Read full text

Carey Young: Palais de Justice - solo show at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

17 Feb - 2 June 2019

Towner Art Gallery presents the first UK exhibition of Carey Young’s Palais de Justice (2017) which was filmed surreptitiously at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous and ornate 19th Century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young’s camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors.

Always shooting without permission, Young subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young’s camera becomes implicated, either caught within reflections, or through becoming noticed by some of her subjects. The windows and the camera’s lens are suggested as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance and are ourselves implicated as witnesses and voyeurs. The piece considers the complex relationships between lenses, surveillance and ideas of framing or being framed, which are at the core of the law-related work Young has been developing for more than a decade. Further info

In the Labyrinth - group show at Large Glass, London

8 February—5 April 2019. Preview 7 February 6—9pm

The idea of the labyrinth has inspired many artists through time. This show brings together labyrinthine works by contemporary artists Alice Channer, Dorothy Cross, Tonico Lemos Auad, Helen Mirra, Alison Turnbull, Mark Wallinger and Carey Young. The inspiration for the show comes from Charlotte Higgins’ book ‘Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths’. Further info

Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination at Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden

16 Nov 2018 - 14 April 2019
Black holes, dark matter, gravity, space, time and motion - these are phenomena that fascinate scientists and artists alike. Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination presents painting, installation, fashion, architecture, sculpture, film, digital artwork and photography that are inspired by the science which reveals the fundamental forces that shape our world.

As curator of the exhibition, Bildmuseet has invited Ariane Koek, founder of the Arts at CERN programme at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The programme invites artists to create work linked to the search for the universe's smallest component parts. A number of the internationally recognised artists in Entangle have participated in the CERN programme and some of the works have been created especially for the Bildmuseet exhibition.

The participating artists include Julius von Bismarck (Germany), Julian Charrière (Switzerland), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Iris van Herpen (the Netherlands), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan, France), William Kentridge (South Africa), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Canada), Goshka Macuga (Poland, UK), Davide Quayola (Italy, UK), Solveig Settemsdal (Norway, UK), Keith Tyson (UK), Jorinde Voight (Germany) and Carey Young (US, UK).

Catalogue available here

The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract at VOX, Montreal

The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract is a forthcoming group show at VOX, Montreal.
13 Sept - 15 Dec 2018 Curator: Marie Jean
Artists: Milo Rau, John Boyle-Singfield, Jill Magid, Carey Young, Carlos Amorales and Agency

The artworks presented call into question legal tools and concepts—rules, procedures, contracts, jurisprudence, trials—so as to understand how they act upon art, its system and its players, while altering the rules of the social game. The artists not only appropriate the apparatus of the legal system, exposing its ethical and political dimension, they also study the unseen codes governing it: for example, issues around intellectual property, which are inexorably transforming their work and the institutions in which they have agency.

How do artists live / survive? Positions, experiences, strategies

International conference at Zuercher Hochschule der Kunste Departement Kunst & Medien, Zurich, 26 - 28 April featuring Diedrich Diederichsen, Angela McRobbie, Ubermorgen, Matthieu Laurette, Carey Young and others.

The conference addresses two themes, as suggested by the play on words in its German title: “Über Leben” means “About life” where- as “Überleben” is “to survive”. What does “to live” mean for me as an artist? Which contents and criteria matter most? On the other hand, and inextricably linked to the life one lives, is the issue of “survival” – in an eco- nomic, but also in a psychological, physical and cultural sense.

Thus, which desires and requirements, pre- conditions and compromises, disasters and disillusions, decisions and coincidences shape my life as an artist?

“Uber Leben” invites artists and theorists from different generations and backgrounds to share their experiences, insights into and models of a (self-determined) artistic existence.

The conference opens up perspectives on the challenges facing artists today and provides deeper insights into artistic life stories and lifestyles using three formats: artists’ reports, academic lectures and artistic works on the subject.

Idiorrhythmia, group show at CACBM, Paris, curated by Clement Delepine. Featuring works by Guillaume Bijl, Melanie Gilligan, Nicolás Guagnini, Carey Young, March 15 to April 29 2018

2017: The Year According to Carey Young for Walker Reader, magazine of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Link to article here

Palais de Justice, solo exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, reviewed in Artforum by Johanna Fateman, Nov 2017

Link to article here

Palais de Justice, solo exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, reviewed in Garage magazine by Jeffrey Kastner, Oct 2017

Link to article here

Palais de Justice, solo exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, reviewed in New York Times by Jason Farago, Sept 20th 2017

Link to article here

Interview with Carey Young by Francesco Tenaglia, Mousse magazine, Oct 2017

Link to article here

On Sept 8th 2017, Paula Cooper Gallery hosted a panel discussion between Carey Young, Colby Chamberlain, and Joan Kee. The conversation explored Young’s work on the occasion of her solo exhibition 'Palais de Justice' at the gallery.

To watch a recording of the event, click here. (Duration: 60 mins).


'I am you, you are too' - Walker Art Center exhibition

Sept 7 2017 - Oct 27 2019, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

At a time of heightened uncertainty, division, and geopolitical tensions, I am you, you are too foregrounds works from the Walker’s collections that explore contemporary life through themes of citizenship and belonging, borders and barriers, and ways in which everyday life informs our understanding of ourselves. Bringing together a diverse, multigenerational, and international group of artists, the exhibition questions how we memorialize the past and understand the social, geographic, and political structures that shape us.

The show’s title is taken from I M U U R 2 (2013), a room-scaled installation by Danh Vo that considers how collected objects, such as knickknacks and souvenirs, can communicate who we are. Monuments and shared public space play a key role for Francis Alÿs, Song Dong, and Robert Longo, whose works examine the relationship between the individual and the state. Chantal Akerman and Julie Mehretu reflect upon shifting geographical borders and changing political systems, while Postcommodity and Wolfgang Tillmans reference recent debates on the Mexico-US border and Brexit, respectively. While some artists draw on recognizable places and known stories, others turn to abstraction to elicit themes of the place of the home, the city, and national belonging.

In the exhibition’s final gallery, a selection of works from the collection hang against wallpapers by Yto Barrada, Yoko Ono, and Adam Pendleton, forming unexpected juxtapositions across generations, geographies, and media. Seen together, these pieces chart ways that artists have challenged prevailing systems, including gender, race, and sexual orientation. In presenting a broad range of artistic approaches, I am you, you are too draws out timely questions of national identity, shifting political borders, and international and intercultural dialogue.

Artists in the Exhibition:
Vito Acconci, Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Siah Armajani, John Baldessari, Yto Barrada, Harriet Bart, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Mark Bradford, Stanley Brouwn, James Lee Byars, Luis Camnitzer, Sarah Charlesworth, Bruce Conner, Hanne Darboven, Michael Dean, Song Dong, Stan Douglas, Lara Favaretto, Leon Ferrari, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Steven Gwon, David Hammons, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Leslie Hewitt, Douglas Huebler, Ronald Jones, On Kawara, Nobuaki Kojima, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Ralph Lemon, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Mark Manders, Kerry James Marshall, Paul McCarthy, Dave McKenzie, Julie Mehretu, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, George Morrison, Nástio Mosquito, Bruce Nauman, Shirin Neshat, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lorraine O’Grady, Yoko Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Adam Pendleton, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Pope.L, Postcommodity, Walid Raad, Charles Ray, Gerhard Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Paul Sharits, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Robert Smithson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kwong Chi Tseng, Oscar Tuazon, Danh Vo, Andy Warhol, Christopher Williams, Carey Young

Curators: Vincenzo de Bellis, Adrienne Edwards, Pavel Pyś

Further info here

Keynote speech at Art in Law in Art Conference 2017

July 4-5, Perth, Australia

Hosted by The University of Western Australia Law School, Art in Law in Art is an interdisciplinary conference examining how law sees visual art and how visual art sees law. The conference offers a mix of different perspectives from international experts on the art-law nexus, as scholars, practitioners and artists come together and exchange ideas. With keynote presentations by Desmond Manderson and Carey Young. More info here.

Carey Young - The New Architecture
Dallas Museum of Art, solo show

Feb 2nd - April 9th 2017.

The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to present the world debut of Palais de Justice (2017), a new video work by London-based artist Carey Young. Together with a selection of new and existing photographic and text-based works, the exhibition, entitled The New Architecture, samples a decade of Young’s practice, and offers a meditation on power – judicial, corporate – and artistic ideas of performance, space and the sublime. Gallery web page here.
Gallery talk between the artist and Dr. Michael Corris here.

The Synaesthesia of Law - Princeton University, conference

29 Sept - Oct 1, 2016.
An international conference bringing together the geographically- and disciplinary-dispersed community of established and new voices in critical (legal) studies — scholars, artists and activists– to exchange and collaborate in the development of a new critical discourse, as well as to build stronger links between the study of law and other fields (including political theory, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economic theory, literature, linguistics, gender studies, critical race theory, performativity studies, and media theory).
Speakers include Eyal Weizman, Patricia J. Williams, Peter Goodrich, Mariam Ghani, Chitra Ganesh, Bernard Harcourt, Emanuele Coccia, Carey Young
Youtube link here.

The Revolution will not be Gray - Aspen Art Museum

July 1 - Oct 13 2016

The Revolution Will Not Be Gray presents a selection of works that look both backward and forward at the shifting terrain of revolution, protest, and gestures of refusal. Examining the impetus to observe the world in strictly black-and-white terms, the exhibition reveals an intricate set of histories, politics, and identities, reminding us of the inherent power in the human voice. Featuring work by Andrea Bowers, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Claire Fontaine, Sharon Hayes, Iman Issa, Tony Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Carlos Motta, Pedro Reyes, Adam Pendleton, and Carey Young. Exhibition info and images here.

Welcome to the Museum - a telephone work by Carey Young - live until 18 March 2016

Welcome to the Museum is a telephone-based work by Carey Young which can be accessed from any phone by calling the number above. Referring to the telephone answering systems used by most large organisations, Young has created an answering system for a semi-fictional and absurd museum whose labyrinth of departments can be explored by callers. Departments include the ‘office of pardons’, the ‘death of painting revival team' or the ‘curator of curating’. By speaking with agents, callers can also speak with the museum counsellor, apply for an internship or pledge a gift to the museum. The piece extends Young’s interest in performativity, corporate rhetoric and in the relations between telephonic and architectural space.

To access the work, please call 00 49 (0)761 201 2592 between the hours of 10 am – 17.00 pm (German time), Mon - Fri, until 18 March 2016. Please note, this version of the work is in German.

Part of the exhibition During the Exhibition the Museum will be Closed, Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, to 18 March 2016. Group show with Joseph Beuys, Ahmet Ögüt, Catherine Ryan & Amy Spiers, Richard Schindler, Mounira Al Solh, Mladen Stilinović and Carey Young. Realized with the support of badenIT.
Exhibition info and flyer here.

Plague of Diagrams, ICA, London

Symposium: 22 Aug, 2015

Plague of Diagrams is an exhibition and a programme of performances, talks and discussions concerning the relationships between diagrammatic practices and thought in different disciplines. In particular, the event explores the function and use of diagrams in art as expanded diagrammatic practice beyond the graphic presentation of information.


Rachel Cattle & Jenna Collins, Neil Chapman & Gillian Wylde, Ami Clarke, Andrew Conio, John Cussans, David Burrows, Benedict Drew, English Heretic, Nikolaus Gansterer, Joey Holder, Dean Kenning, Christoph Lueder, Stine Llungdalh, Adelheid Mers, Sharon Morris, Mike Nelson, David Osbaldeston, Plastique Fantastique, Patricia Reed, John Russell, Erica Scourti, Andy Sharp, Kamini Vellodi, Martin Westwood and Carey Young.

Symposium programme here

Grand Opening Reception, Neuer Aaachener Kunstverein

19 JULY -  13 SEPT 2015

Artists: Renaud Jerez, Kaspar Müller, Cooper Jacoby, George Rippon, Peter Friedl, Christian von Borries, Dena Yago, Julien Ceccaldi, Stewart Uoo, Carey Young

Grand Opening Reception is a project by *Lennart Wolff and Elisa R. Linn at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, questioning the role of artistic positions in contemporary institutional marketing and the eventisation of cultural production in the form of local identity creation.

The project is conceived in collaboration with Kuwaiti architect and artist **Aziz Al Qatami, who was commissioned to create the exhibition design.
*The project km temporaer was initiated by curators Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff and investigates the potential of thematic group exhibitions through ever changing formats. Every exhibition is developed in collaboration with a third party (curator, artist, journalist, poet, architect etc.) and at different locations, taking the specific conditions of each site into consideration.

**Aziz Al Qatami is an architect and artist, who lives in Kuwait City. He is the founder of the architecture firm Atelier Aziz Al Qatami, and also a member of the artist collective GCC.

Listening, curated by Sam Belinfante

11 APRIL - 30 MAY 2015

Hayward Touring Curatorial Open at Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

Listening brings a group of international artists together to interrogate the act of listening in contemporary art. This pioneering exhibition examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic and their complex relationships to the senses.

Sam Belinfante has selected new and existing work, including drawings, sculpture, prints and video, and works in the exhibition range dramatically in duration from less than a second to six hours. Visitors can hear a clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap; eavesdrop on a cabin in a forest and listen to the almost inaudible sound of a dying star.

Artists include: Laurie Anderson, Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy and Carey Young.

Public preview: Friday 10 April 2015, 6 – 9pm
Listening Conference: Saturday 25 April 2015, 11am – 4pm

Centre Pompidou: Un Nouveau festival: Playground

15 April 2015 - 20 July 2015, from 11h00 to 21h00
Studio 13/16, Piazza, Cinéma 1, Forum, Forum -1, Galerie sud, Grande salle, Espace 315, Petite salle - Centre Pompidou, Paris. Includes a screening of 'Everything You've Heard is Wrong', Carey Young, 1999.

Visit the festival web page here.