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.
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.
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.
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.
YAN XING, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
REALISM, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, China
Selected Group Exhibitions
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
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
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
Falsification – Annual Exhibition of Dissertation Works in Painting from National Art Academies Across China, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Dream Plant Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
For further information please visit www.yan-xing.org.