Yu Ji's presentation was on the museum's second floor. Yu's practice is focused on the peculiarities of material and process—in particular, resin, beeswax and concrete have constantly reappeared in her renditions of the body, which often quote details from Greco-Roman sculptures. The video in the back documents the artist lugging a rock up a hill on the east coast of Taiwan.
In late June, the four finalists for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017 were announced. The artists—Li Ming, Tao Hui, Yu Ji and Robert Zhao Renhui—were chosen from a pool of over 30 nominees for their standout exhibitions and artworks produced over the last three years, and for their potential future contributions to artistic discourse. The four were then each allotted one floor of Shanghai's Rockbund Art Museum to present a showcase of their past and newly commissioned works. Representing a diverse range of artistic inquiries, from concerns with space and the body to materiality, historical narratives and cinematic representations, the finalists each claimed unique stakes in the prize. The winner of the award will be announced on November 23—in the meantime, audiences can make their own predictions for who will take it home.