Mona Yoo (b. 1987, San Francisco) lives and works in Edinburgh and Seoul. Based in both Europe and Asia, Yoo is interested in diasporic identity, migration and cultural heritage through existing architecture that has either disappeared or been reduced to ruins in the process of reconstruction. With a collaborative approach to large-scale photographic and site-responsive practices, Yoo's work explores the 'visual temporality' of buildings - reading what lies behind the material surface to re-evaluate invisible historical and social narratives.
Yoo co-founded the collaborative project Han & Mona with artist Hanqing Ma. As a collective they have been exhibited and commissioned by internationally renowned art institutions including the ICA, Camden Arts Centre, Talbot Rice Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp and SONGEUN. Their work is in public collections at the Royal Scottish Academy, the MMCA and the Deauville City Photography Collection. They are recipients of the Gilbert Bayes Award and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and have received grants from the Arts Council Korea and the Freelands Foundation.