"No Sleep" is a series of photographs of abandoned mattresses found around New York City, though mostly in Brooklyn. The beds are sometimes seedy and sometimes luminous, pathetic, monolithic and architectural, strange, out-of-place and totally banal. I'm interested in how these beds, although mute, allude to all the things we do on them - sleep, dream, have sex. Dumped onto the streets of New York, the mattresses are impermanent memorials to the city's many private stories.
A monograph of this series, with an introduction by Jonathan Ames
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
Hardcover, 96 pages, 60 color ills. 8½ x 10¾ inches
Born in Seoul, Korea, Hee Jin Kang holds degrees from Yale University and the Royal College of Art. In 2002, she had her first solo exhibition at the Shine Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Hayward Gallery in London, Sotheby's New York, the Musée de l'Élysée in Switzerland, and Culturgest, Portugal. Kang received a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography.
In 2008, she was awarded artist residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her work has been published in various magazines, including Blindspot, New York Magazine, Monthly Photo, Art Review, Vogue Hommes International, i-D, Tank and Harper's Bazaar Korea. Her first monograph, NO SLEEP, was published by Kehrer Verlag in September 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.