Yon Natalie Mik


Cooperation Fellowship

City, Country:

Berlin, Germany

Los Angeles, US




Oct 2023 - Feb 2024

Photo: Rina Nakano

Photo: Rina Nakano

Yon Natalie Mik (Berlin/Los Angeles) is a dancer and multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance, poetry, and theory. Drawing from the knowledge of disobedient and fragile bodies, Mik’s practice and movement vocabulary are anchored on the subversive power of fragility. Her work manifest in series of in-depth studies that delve into various degrees of movement, from individual postures to social choreographies. Current studies expose the body politics and perception patterns in the lives of Asian transmigrants, questioning notions of time and identity shaped by ableism and racism. Her body serves as a living archive, evertransforming, unreliable yet resilient, kinetically rewriting everyday landscapes distorted by hate, greed, and fear.

Her ongoing PhD project Choreography of the Ghost is part of the research group Normativity, Critique, Change at the Freie Universität Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation. As the co-founder of The Invisible Archive, a publication dedicated to performance and time-based art, she collaborates with other artists, curators, researchers, and activists through publishing.

Some of her recent works were shown at the Milano Re-Mapped Summer Festival, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca/Italia (2022); Project Space Festival, Berlin/Germany (2022); Arts at Blue Roof, Los Angeles/US (2022); Dock 11 Expanded, Online (2021); Ifa Galerie, Berlin (2021); Slavs and Tartar Pickle Bar, Berlin (2021); Torrance Art Museum (2021); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2019); Performing Arts Festival Berlin (2019); 182 Art Space, Taipei (2019); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA (2018); Corner Art Space, Seoul/South Korea (2017); Downtown Art Center, Los Angeles (2016).

She gave talks/lectures at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (ABK),Stuttgart (2023); Korea National University of Arts, Seoul (2023); Oktoberdans International Dance Festival, Bergen/Norway (2022); GTW Kongress, Berlin (2022); Freie Universität Berlin (2021); Hamburger Bahnhof, Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin (2019).

Yon Natalie Mik is a Solitude fellow in cooperation with Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (ABK) Stuttgart. For her teaching in the M. F. A. Body, Theory and Poetics of the Performative at the ABK Stuttgart, she puts forward the proposal for a collaborative practice wherein she and the students can engage in the choreographic writing and archiving of vulnerable, fractured bodies by looking at their personal stories and mapping a social choreography for collective repair and resistance.

Photo: Rina Nakano

Photo: Rina Nakano