The Seoul-born artist, known for embracing science and the senses in her practice, has been selected to create the next Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern in London.
The site-specific work, which will mark Yi's most ambitious project to date, will take the hangar-like space from October 6, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
"Anicka Yi has developed a reputation for highly innovative work. Her installations are unforgettable, using the latest scientific ideas and experimental materials in unexpected ways. The results not only engage the senses, but also tackle some of the big questions we face today about humanity's relationship to nature and technology," Frances Morris, the director of Tate Modern, said in a statement
Details about Yi's commission are still scarce to this date, although the project will follow American artist Kara Walker's monumental "Fons Americanus."
This 13-meter tall working fountain is inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, offering a commentary on the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe.
Much like Yi's practice, her installation for Tate's Turbine Hall will likely incorporate the sense of smell.
Last October, the South Korean-American artist collaborated with French perfurmer Barnabé Fillion and retailer Dover Street Market to concoct a line of perfume that challenges preconceived notions of femininity and attraction.
Each perfume of "Biography" is titled after a radical female figure, including Japanese Red Army founder Fusako Shigenobu, long-reigning pharaoh Hatshepsut, as well as an unnamed female artificial-intelligence entity.
"I was interested in these buried figures in history who were forgotten because they refused to conform to societal limitations about who they could be. Hatshepsut is one of the earliest figures who was recorded in public in drag. She had to constantly be dressed as a man because her constituents wouldn't accept a female pharaoh. There was an erasure campaign to erase her from history!" Yi told artnet News at the time.
The launch of "Biography" was accompanied by the release of three short film "trailers," which notably featured shots of snails crawling on a sculpture.
The footage references the artist's 2015 show "Anicka Yi: 6,070,430K of Digital Spit" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for which she used unconventional materials like snails, oxytocin, glass beads, glycerin soap, limestone, organic dog food, desiccant beads, Prada moisturizer and grapefruit peel, among others.