Yuanyuan Yang
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Artist Statement

Yuanyuan Yang (b.1989, Beijing) is an artist based in Beijing, China. By experimenting with different ways of visual storytelling, she creates narratives where facts and fiction coexist to explore intersections between the individual and the collective memories. Most of her projects begin with investigating various sources of archives and are closely related to particular local histories. Yang’s work spans photography, text, video, installation, artist books and performance, these mediums intertwine with each other within her projects through different methodology.

Yang received a BA (hons) in photography at London College of Communications, University of the Arts London in 2013. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Her solo exhibitions include: “Interval”(Modern Art Base, Shanghai, 2018); “At the Place of Crossed Sights”(C-Space, Beijing, 2016) and “In-between Places” (Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, 2012). She participated Anren Biennale (2017) and Guangzhou Image Triennial (2017). Her works have been the subject of exhibitions at FM Center, Milan (2018); OCAT Shanghai(2017); Guangzhou Times Museum, Guangzhou (2017); Yang Art Museum, Beijing (2017); Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna (2016);Benaki Museum, Athens (2015); Objectifs, Singapore (2015); Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (EAC), Montevideo (2015) and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (2012).


In 2018 Yang was the artist-in-residence at Art in General in New York supported by Asian Cultural Council. Yang was shortlisted for the Huayu Youth Award in 2016. In 2015 she was shortlisted for Author Book Award at Rencontres d'Arles and Best Photobook of 2015 at Fototbookfestival in Kassel, and she received second prize at Gucang Dummy Award Martin Parr Edition in the same year. She was shortlisted for the first round selection at Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2014; she was one of the UK winners of the Magenta: Flash Forward award in 2013; she received the Tierney Fellowship at Three Shadows Photography Award in 2013, and she received third prize at the Bar-Tur Award in 2011.

Yang also writes extensively about art and has been a freelance writer since 2009. She currently works as the Beijing-based editor of Art World magazine.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2018Theater of Crossroads
Works & History
Solo Exhibitions:
2018 Modern Art Base, “Interval”, Shanghai, China
2016 C-Space, “At the Place of Crossed Sights (Part 1)”, Beijing, China
2014 Organhaus, “Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing”, Chongqing, China
2012 Being 3 Gallery, “In-between Places”, Beijing, China
Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 OCAT Shenzhen, “Fiction Art”, Shenzhen, China
2018 Three Shadows Photogrpahy Art Center, “Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Shadows Photography Award”, Beijing, China
2018 Chi K11 Artspace, “Assembling”, Shenyang, China
2018 FM Centre, “The Szechwan Tale “, Milan, Italy
2018 OCAT Beijing, “Frontier Vision: Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics”, Beijing, China
2018 Aike Dellarco Gallery, "Spiral Stair", Shanghai, China
2017 OCAT Shanghai, “Frontier Vision: Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics”, Shanghai, China
2017 Guangdong Museum of Art, “Guangzhou Image Triennial: Simultaneous Eidos”, Guangzhou, China
2017 N3 Gallery, “Socialist Baraque”, Beijing, China
2017 Yang Gallery, “A Seperation“, Beijing, China
2017 Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China
2017 The 1st Anren Biennale, “Today’s Yesterday”, Chengdu, China
2017 China Port Museum, “The Port and The Image: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities”, Ningbo, China
2017 AM Art Space, “Raw Notes”, Shanghai, China
2017 Unicorn Center for Art, “You really know where you are. For the first time in history”, Beijing, China
2017 Yang Art Museum (YAM), “Rebel Cities”, Beijing, China
2017 Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, “Arrival City”, Chongqing, China
2017 Xitek / Chronus Art Center, “New Talent Award Finalist Exhibition”, Shanghai, China
2017 Guangdong Times Museum, “Times Heterotopia Trilogy III:The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away”, Guangzhou, China
2016 ArtSanya, “2016 Huayu Youth Award”, Sanya, China
2016 Jimei x Arles Photography Festival, “A Fictional Narrative Turn”, Xiamen, China
2016 Lianzhou International Photography Festival, “As Entertaining as Possible”, Lianzhou, China
2016 The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, “HISTORICODE: Scarcity & Supply”, Nanjing, China
2016 235 Guangfu Road, “You won’t be young forever”, Shanghai, China
2016 Fotogalerie Wien, “Diversity of Modernity”, Vienna, Ausria
2016 International Urban Image Festival, “Je est un autre”, Shenzhen, China
2016 Photofairs Shanghai, Artworld Booth: The Poetic of Daily Life in the Social Media Era, Shanghai, China
2016 Gucang Photography Art Center, Become a Traveler Once Again, Lanzhou, China
2016 Intelligensia Gallery, “Hypertext”, Beijing, China
2015 AOTU Studio, “Organic Iconography”, Beijing, China
2015 Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (EAC), “Teetering at the Edge of the World”, Montevideo, Uruguay
2015 Objectifs, “Asian Women Photographer’s Showcase”, Singapore
2015 Photo Shanghai, “LEAP Pavilion: The Coming Image”, Shanghai, China
2015 Dali International Photography Festival, Dali, China
2015 C-Space, “Middle Ground”, Beijing, China
2015 Scope Art, “An Anonymous Exhibition”, Beijing, China
2014 Beijing Design Week, “Bibliorium”, Beijing, China
2014 Kunstbüro Glöckner, “In Ruinen 2012-2014: Das Kunstunternehmen”, Frankfurt, Germany
2013 Space Regeneration Project, “#6 Exhibition: Not There”, Beijing, China
2013 Photofusion, “Flash Forward 2013”, London, UK
2013 Neubacher Shor Contemporary, “Flash Forward 2013”, Toronto, Canada
2013 Photoville, “Tierney Fellowship Exhibition”, Brooklyn NY
2013 University of the Arts London, “London College of Exhibitionist BA Photography Graduate Show”, London, UK
2012 Triange Space, “Bar-Tur Winners 2011/12 Exhibition”, London, UK
2012 Paradise Row, “Bar-Tur Winners 2011/12 Exhibition”, London
2012 Three Shadows Photography Art Center, “Three Shadows Photography Award”, Beijing, China
2012 798 Space, “Affordable Art Beijing”, Beijing, China
2011 J Gallery, “Light Room”, Shanghai, China

2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

2010 China Academy of Arts, “Banquet of Images”, Hangzhou, China 

2010 Camberwell College of Arts, “India Song”, London, UK

2010 The Other Space Gallery, “Some Summer”, London, UK

2010 Departure Gallery, “Rhizomatic”, London, UK

2010 Beijing Center for the Arts, “the market”, Beijing, China

Awards / Grants
2017 Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council, NYC
2016 Finalist, New Talent Photography Award, Xitek
2016 Finalist, Huayu Youth Award, ArtSanya
2015 Second Prize, Gucang Dummy Award Martin Parr Edition
2015 Shortlisted, Author Book Award, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles
2015 Best Photobooks, Fotobookfestival, Kassel
2015 Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards
2015 Honorable Mention, Exposure Award
2014 Shortlisted, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
2013 Paul Smith Award, London College of Communication
2013 UK winner, Magenta: Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation
2012 Tierney Fellowship, Tierney Family Foundation
2011 3rd Place, Bar-Tur Award, University of the Arts London
Artist Book:
2015 Lateral Roots Issue one (self-publish)
2014 “10 Days in Kraków”, Jiazazhi Publishing, Beijing, China
Artist Residencies:
2018 Art in General, New York, USA
2016 Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
2016 Gucang Photography Art Center, Lanzhou, China
2014 Organhaus AIR Program, Chongqing, China