Yan Xing
Lenin in 1918 [detail], 2013. Installation, sculptures, photographs, paintings 580 × 700 × 526 cm.

Yan Xing

Yan Xing

Yan Xing (b. 1986, Chongqing, China) is known for his multi-component, interdisciplinary projects that combine diverse media such as performance, video, photography and installation.   Yan Xing has built a complex, compelling body of work that reflects critically on how history is manufactured today. He graduated from the Oil Painting department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (Chongqing) in 2009. In 2012 Yan Xing won the Best Young Artist Award from Chinese Contemporary Art Award and also received a nomination for the Future Generation Art Prize from the Pinchuk Art Centre and Focus on Talents Project from Today Art Museum. He has exhibited through out Asia, Europe, and the United States.

His recent exhibitions and performances took place at venues such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. His first US survey exhibition opened in 2016 at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI.

Yan Xing will be an artist in residency in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.

Artistic Statement

My work takes the form of “Projects” in which I make use of a rich variety of media such as performance, video, photography, and installation.  In the early stage of every work,  I typically conduct a lot of research.  Through the meticulous study of art history, anthropology, history, literature, and other disciplines, and through the use of complex, refined rhetoric, I gradually build a world with its own internal narrative logic. Each of my works is not only a blunt presentation of research documents, but involves a thorough, in some ways subjective, and always innovative reexamination of the authenticity and validity of those archives. In addition, I will usually fabricate some visualized realities conforming to my presuppositions and reontextualizations.

I hope to develop a new, locally grounded and site-specific project.  For this I would like to explore “island myths,” and I would create several new works on the basis of their modes of transmission through storytelling, conducting a visualized literary practice.