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Ms Carey Young
Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
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  • Associate Professor
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Carey Young’s institutional solo exhibitions include Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark; La Loge, Brussels; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Dallas Museum of Art; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and The Power Plant, Toronto. Group exhibitions include Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Pompidou (Paris and Brussels); the New Museum, New York; MoMA/PS1, New York; Tate Britain and the Busan, Sharjah, Moscow and Venice Biennials, amongst many others. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and her works are held in the collections of Tate, Centre Pompidou, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Arts Council England, Sharjah Art Foundation, Kadist Foundation, Busan Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art, amongst others. In 2023 she will have a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. www.careyyoung.com 


Research Summary

Carey Young developed her practice with a cross-fertilization of disciplines including business, law and science. The tools, language and rituals of these different fields have acted as material for her installations, performances, text works and photographs. Since 2002 Young has collaborated with lawyers to create a playful series of works which explore the potential of law as an ‘artistic medium’, and which have addressed artistic themes such as landscape, portraiture or the sublime, as well as legal fields such as land law, intellectual property or outer space law.


More recently, Young created two ambitious, interrelated video works which deepen her interests in women, the gaze and power. With Palais de Justice (2017) the artist spent two years surreptitiously filming female judges and lawyers working at the main courthouse of Belgium. Using a painterly, hallucinatory aesthetic, the piece evokes a legal system centred on or controlled by women, and explores ideas of power, voyeurism and the cinematic. 

In The Vision Machine (2020), Young filmed at the factory of SIGMA Corporation, a well-known brand of lenses for photography and cinema production. Using lenses manufactured there, the artist filmed their female workers, carefully framing these highly skilled technicians to suggest a lensmaking factory run (and perhaps owned) only by women. Using the factory and its processes as a metaphor for photography, cinema and mass production in a wider sense, the piece suggests a female-centric vision, or indeed, perhaps a wider visual culture created by women.

Teaching Summary

I am currently on leave from teaching until Oct 2023, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

I joined the Slade in 2011 and teach Fine Art across undergraduate, MA and PhD level. I have a special responsibility for Photography tuition within the Slade. I'm also pleased to support a growing group of 
undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students across the Slade who are interested in the intersections of law, institutions, power and aesthetics.

Prior to joining the Slade I was a Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication (2006 - 2011) and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of East London (2005 - 2006.)

My recent experience as a visiting lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes includes:
Royal College of Art, London (MA programmes in Critical 
Fine Art Practice, Photography, Performance, Sculpture and Curating)
Goldsmith's College, London (Research Architecture dept, Fine Art dept)
Zhdk, Zurich

I am current external examiner for MA Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

I regularly speak at conferences and public symposia, including events at Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Harvard, Princeton, Uni. of Cambridge, Oxford Uni. and in law faculties such as Birkbeck and the Uni. of Lucerne, and like to bring these interdisciplinary bodies of knowledge into my teaching at the Slade.

I've been an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law at Birkbeck, Uni. of London, since 2013, and had a Creative Arts Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford University from 2018 to 2021.

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