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Yan Xing

Yan Xing was born in 1986 in Chongqing, China. There he graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009 with a BFA. He lives and works in Beijing. Yan exhibited in many group exhibitions including at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2012), Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012), National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2011), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (2010). He has also been featured at Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012), Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012). In 2012 he was a finalist in the “Focus on Talents” by the Today Art Museum and Martell Art Fund.

After Yan Xing had studied traditional painting he started to focus on performance art early in his artistic development. In his performances, he combines a pure visual aesthetic with the talent of a master storyteller. He interweaves a personal narrative with Western art-historical reflections and associates the Chinese artistic tradition with individual trauma to build his stories. Key themes in his work are his open homosexuality and notions of voyeurism.

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For the PinchukArtCentre Yan Xing has created a new work which tackles modernism, Richard Hamilton, Ernest Hemingway and traditional Chinese song. The continuous performance is multilayered and builds on the symbolism and the theme of voyeurism which permeate his work.