b. 1985, Shanghai, China.
Yu Ji has developed a diverse practice that incorporates sculptures and installations along with performances and videos. Recent works include live performances accompanied by sculptures that function to meticulously conceived scenes that explore the place of the body, labour and physical exertion. Much of her work is motivated by the investigation of the concept of place, and the capacity for specific loci to be charged with geographical and historical narratives. She frequently conducts field research, as part of which she has staged temporary interventions in different sites around the world, which reflect upon and interrogate the place of the body within everyday environments. With such divergent creative directions, Yu Ji’s art practice presents a multifarious quality, demonstrating myriad thoughts on tradition, the environment, self-being and art through the deconstruction and reconstruction of the classical contexts of sculpture. In 2008, she co-founded am art space – an artist-led space in Shanghai, promoting experimentation and exchanges between artists, curators, and the public.
Yu Ji's recent solo projects include Against Shadows / 无视阴影 , Sadie Coles HQ, London (2022); Wasted Mud, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2021); Spontaneous Decisions II, Gallery 0, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, West Bund Museum, Shanghai (2021); Forager, Kiang Malingue, offsite at Avenue Apartments, Shanghai (2020); Stones in Her Pocket, Project Terrace, Shanghai (2020); Black Mountain, Beijing Commune (2016), Dairy of Sulfur Mining—Pataauw, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei (2016) and Never Left Behind, Beijing C-Space (2014). Current and recent group exhibitions include ATP The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2021); Soft Water Hard Stone, Fifth New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York (2021); INCORPOREA 03, Basement Roma, Rome (2021); Interrupted Meals, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai (2020); May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); Soon enough: Art in Action, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); After Nature, UCCA Dune, Beidaihe, China (2018); Entropy, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing (2018); HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Asian Artists, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); The Eighth Climate (What does art do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories, 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016); INSIDE CHINA, L’Intérieur du Géant, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); You Can Only Think about Something, if You Think about Something Else, Time Museum, Guangzhou (2014). In 2017 she was shortlisted for Hugo Boss Prize Asia.
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