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Yuan Keru

Born in 1990 in Hangzhou, China, she currently lives and works in Shanghai. She graduated with a Masters in fine art from the School of Inter-Media Art at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, in 2013. Her artistic practice focuses on exploring the act of painting, spatial rhythm and narratives in video, combining the emotive experience with history, mythology, dreams and so on.

By drafting novels, breaking up the text structure, setting costume scenes and preparing semi-improvised performances and conversations, she endows video with a sense of cinematic drama. Her works always have a strong taste of postmodern mysticism, and the seemingly melancholic, violent, and dark themes are often immersed with warmth and poetry. By creating a surreal world of images, she reflects on the loss of belonging and spiritual thinking with sophisticated logic senstivity.

Her film Fleeting Strangerswas selected for the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival in 2017. Her debut full-length movie The Symposiumwas premiered at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing in 2016. She was nominated for the Huayu Youth Award of Art Sanya in 2014, spoke at 2013’s Art Basel Hong Kong for the panel The Diamond Generation, moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and later participated in the Film section at Art Basel Hong Kong, 2016.

Her works have also been exhibited at the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum; Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM);  Today Art Museum, Beijing;  NordArt, Germany; Helsingin Juhlaviikot, Helsinki; I SEE International Video Art Festival, Germany and China; and Photo Shanghai.

Image: YuanKeru, still from ‘Fleeting Strangers, Angel and Res’, 2017, 4 channel video, image courtesy of the artist and Leo Gallery.