A daydream of Bitter Strength
Zhiyuan Yang, born in Beijing, China. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes work explores the ambivalent relationship between alienation and belonging. Through questioning the social evaluation of failure, Yang challenges and constructs alternatives to normative definitions of gender, ethnicity, and social character through fiction, performance, and intimate conversation. She uses strategies that encompass masquerade, interview, and humor. The locations in which she works include the studio, art gallery, domestic and public sphere.
Yang completed an MFA in School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who is the recipient of James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship, also has been selected as an upcoming fellow at A.I.R. gallery. Recent exhibition venues include Spring Break Art Fair, NY; South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; Smack Mellon, NY; Foley Gallery, NY; Grace Exhibition Space, NY; Filter Photo, Chicago, IL, etc. Her works are in the institutional collection of The Art Institute of Chicago and Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection. Yang participated the residency program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), MASS MoCA Artist in resident (2018) and Vermont Studio Center (2018).