A leading female figure in Chinese contemporary art,Yin Xiuzhen (b. 1963, Beijing, China) began her career in the early 1990s following her graduation from Capital Normal University in Beijing, where she received a B.A in oil painting from the Fine Arts Department in 1989. Her artworks have since been shown extensively in various international exhibitions. Yin Xiuzhen currently works and lives in Beijing with her husband and fellow artist Song Dong.Read More
Most well known for her works that incorporate second-hand objects, Yin uses her artwork to explore modern issues of globalization and homogenization. By utilizing recycled materials as sculptural documents of memory, she seeks to personalize objects and allude to the livesof specific individuals, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, rapid modern development and the growing global economy. The artist explains, "In a rapidly changing China, ‘memory’seems to vanish more quickly than everything else. That’s why preserving memory has become an alternative way of life." Yin uses memory as a critical tool to examine the political, social and environmental constructs that surround her.
Inspired by the quickly changing environment of her native Beijing, common themes in Yin Xiuzhen’s work include memory, the past and the present, as well as the complex relationship between individuals and the constantly shifting society they live in. Through collection and assemblage of old materials in a new context, Yin is able to weave past experiences together with the present. In this way, she embraces the notion of memory and experience in an attempt to convey aspects of individual lives in relation to global transformation.
Yin Xiuzhen has participated in various significant exhibitions around the world including the 2008 Shanghai Biennale, the 52thVenice Biennale (2007), the 2004 Sydney Biennale, the 26th Sao Paolo Biennale in 2004, Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1998),organized by the Asia Society Galleries, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California and Project 92 (2010) at the Museum of ModernArt, New York.
Her recent work Portable Cities series travel to a lot of venues, including Anna Schwartz Sydney Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
The artist has received a range of prestigious awards including the China Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) and the UNESCO/ASCHBERG award in 2000. Her work has also been acknowledged in The New York Times in 2006 and Art in America in 2003.
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