The photos from the ROMA series show the interior of the house of Zink Yi's Italian grandmother, who immigrated to Peru.
The majority of the fine wooden furniture was made by Zink Yi's grandfather. The painting, tables, chairs and cupboards appear almost like film sets and function like the puzzle pieces of a person. At the same time, they become a stage for the projection, loaded with the memory of the lost home in Europe. Besides being carriers of identity-forming imported goods, the pieces have a location-specific connection: Roma 395-1 is the street name (and number) of the house, situated in a former noble quarter. In this way, they become symbolic capital, an aim to keep the lost social status.
On a formal level, one can also see connections to Zink Yi's video works, only polyrhythm is here made out of architecture.
David Zink Yi, (b. 1973 in Lima, Peru) studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. His most recent solo exhibitions were at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2020), The Belvedere, Vienna (2019), Museo de arte de Lima (2012), NBK Berlin (2012) as well as in the Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2011), MAK, Wien (2010) or at the Kunst Halle, Sankt Gallen (2009). He took part in group exhibitions in the Tate Modern, London (2012), Museo Sala de arte, Mexico (2012), Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany (2012) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2020). In 2013 David Zink Yi participated in the 55th Biennale in Venice. Works by Zink Yi are represented in numerous collections such as those of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the MUDAM, Luxemburg and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.