artist nominated by Zhang Wei & Hu Fang


1986 · Chongqing, China

Yan Xing is known for his multi-component, interdisciplinary projects that combine diverse media such as performance, video, photography, installation and painting. He has built a complex, compelling body of work that reflects critically on how history is manufactured today. Through the intensive investigation of literature, history and art theory, he has worked out an artistic narrative governed by its own logic. His works circulate around large themes such as negativity, resistance and order, exploring their complex interrelations. Yan Xing graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009, and in 2012 he won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Young Artist. He has exhibited and performed extensively at venues such as the Kunsthalle Basel, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (Michigan, USA) and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing).

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