Yan Xing, "DADDY Project", 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China 01

Yan Xing, “DADDY Project”, 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

Yan Xing is one of the outstanding young artists of his generation and, at 26, the youngest artist shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize by Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine. His first solo exhibition in the UK will be a showcase of his most important works to date.

Despite being an openly gay man living in a country that tends to suppress homosexuality, Yan Xing maintains a personal blog about his life and thoughts; his outspokenness has made him an informal representative for the gay community in China. Yan Xing takes his single-mother upbringing as an inspiration; looking beyond his own experiences of hardship towards a fuller understanding of their causes and consequences, to re-examine himself and explore the role of the artist. Yan Xing works across media: from video to photography to installation, but there is always an element of live performance. His body and voice, as well as personal story and interests are the strongest subjects in his works, placing himself at the centre.

Yan Xing will be doing a live performance on a special reception evening on 8 November, exploring his past and his creative process.

Yan Xing, "DADDY Project", 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China 03

Yan Xing, “DADDY Project”, 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view 02, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

Yan Xing, "DADDY Project", 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable

Yan Xing, “DADDY Project”, 2011;
performance, video installation, dimensions variable

Yan Xing, "DADDY Project", 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China 02

Yan Xing, “DADDY Project”, 2011, performance, video installation, dimensions variable; You Are Not A Gadget, exhibition view 03, 2011, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

About the exhibition

Date: 8 November- 8 December 2012

Reception evening with artist performance: 8 November, 5.30-7.30 pm, Performance begins at 6pm

Artist talk: 7 November, 4.30-5.30pm

Courtesy of the artist and Chinese Arts Centre, for further information please visit www.chinese-arts-centre.org.

Yan Xing

About the artist

Being the founder and member of COMPANY (since 2008), Yan Xing( b. 1986) graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with BFA in 2009. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing, China.

Awards

Finalist, 2012 Future Generation Art Prize, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine

Finalist, 2012 Focus on Talents Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China. Martell Art Fund.

Solo Exhibitions

2012

YAN XING, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

2011

REALISM, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012

Unfinished Country: New Video from China, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, USA

Future Generation Art Prize – Finalists Exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine

1st CAFAM Future, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM), Beijing, China

2nd Round Exhibition of Young Artist Experimental Season, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, China

The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Central House of Artists (CHA), Moscow, Russia

Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC-SF) – Speical Project – artMRKT, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, USA

The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale – Accidental Message: Art is not a System, not a World, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China

Focus on Talents Project – Finalists Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Untouchables, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong

Symptoms, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Ministry of Truth – International Group Exhibition, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

2011

Something Will Inevitably Happen, K11 Art Space, Wuhan, China

XXX – Next 10 years of Contemporary Art CHINA, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

FLESH – International Video Festival, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Fact Study Institute, Yangtze River Space, Wuhan, China

Little Movements: Self-practice in Contemporary Art, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China

In A Perfect World…, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA

You Are Not A Gadget, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2010

Mummery, Art Channel, Beijing, China

Emerging Asian Artists – Art Gwangju 2010, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, South Korea

A Project – Incommunicable, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

Liberation – and its relative meaning, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

Anywhere, intrude project, Beijing, China

2009

Falsification – Annual Exhibition of Dissertation Works in Painting from National Art Academies Across China, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2007

Dream Plant Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China

Public Collections

Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

For further information please visit www.yan-xing.org.

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