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Chris Zhongtian Yuan received AA Diploma from the Archtectural Association in London and B.S Architecture (extensive coursework in B.A Art History) from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Their practice examines the ways in which space is politicised through sound and storytelling, collapsing notions of identity and time. Often through recomposing vernacular sonic and spatial materials - from intimate conversation to landscape, music to industrial architecture, silence to childhood room - the work builds worlds for new relations between personal and collective, self and the other, near and far, to emerge.

Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Reading International, Reading; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Somerset House, London; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Today Art Museum, Beijing; V.O Curations, London; Videoex, Zurich; The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; York Art Gallery, York; Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan; K11, Wuhan; OCAT Institute, Beijing; Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion, Venice.

Chris was awarded K11 Art 11 Prize for Wuhan Punk (2020), and Aesthetica Art Prize for Counterfictions (2018-19). They co-curated artists moving image projects for receiving OCAT Institute’s Research-based Curatorial Project Award.


Recent & forthcoming exhibitions:
2023, Reading International, Reading (solo, forthcoming)
2023, Somerset House, London (screening, forthcoming)
2022, Whitechapel Gallery, London (performance, forthcoming)
2022, All Trace Is Gone, No Clamour for a Kiss, V.O Curations, London (solo)
2022, Follow the Feeling, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (group, forthcoming)
2022, To Your Eternity, Today Art Museum, Beijing (group, forthcoming)
2022, Not a Brick in the Wall, Dangxia Art Space, Beijing (group, forthcoming)
2022, B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt (forthcoming)
2022, Play and Loop IV, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2022, Soul Hunter, Surplus Space, Wuhan
2021, The Perfect Flaw, Huayu Youth Art Award, Huayu Art Centre
2021, The Dwelling Place of the Other in Me, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
2021, I Could Not Recall How I Got Here, Tabula Rasa Gallery, London
2021, 9/11 Twenty Years On, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
2021, Videoex, Zurich
2021, Art Lovers Movie Club: Wuhan Punk, ArtReview, London
2021, Wuhan Punk: Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Frank Davis Memorial Lecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (performance lecture)
2021, A Continuation of Decentralized Reality with Expanding Intimacy, OCAT Institute, Beijing
2021, Spring Time, Palm Trees, Antenna Space, Shanghai
2021, Hyper Fuctional, Ultra Healthy | not/nowhere Presents, Somerset House, London


Selected awards & commissions:
Somerset House Film Commission (2022)
Arts Council England Project Grant (2022)
Huayu Youth Award Finalist (2021)
K11 Art 11 Prize Winner (2021)
V.O Curations Residency (2021)
Film London FLAMIN Fellowship (2021-22)
Aesthetica Art Prize Winner (2020)
OCAT Institute Research-based Curatorial Project (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella Commission (2020)
Rice University SOA Fellowship (2014-15)
Salt Lake City 69.70 International Competition Honorable Mention (2013)
Metropolitan Design Center Research Travel Fellowship (2010)
University of Minnesota Global Excellence Scholarship (2007-11)


Writings:
Strange Intimate Archive, Mn Artists, Walker Art Center (2022)
A Heavy Choking, A Monster Roars, A Neglected Dawn, Chán Magazine (2021)
Wuhan Punk, AArchitecture 40 (2020)


Selected press and texts:
Ghost World by Travis Jeppesen for Huayu Youth Art Award, translated by Dot Jia (2021)
Artforum Critics’ Picks by Fiona He (2021)
OCAT Institute, Close, Closer, in conversation with Sophie Xiaofei Guo (2021)
K11 Wuhan, 1815, Yoojin Choi, Year Without a Summer (2020)
K11 Wuhan, 1815, Maja Mazurkiewicz, Re-imaging Nature in History (2020)
K11 Wuhan, 1815, Xin Wang, Water Spilling from the Eaves Deafens Me (2020)
K11 Wuhan, 1815, Doron von Beider, Entropy (2020)
Aesthetica Magazine, Between Reality and Fiction, in conversation with Manijeh Verghese (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Steven Bode, Wuhan Punk (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Iris Long, Unreal (2020)
Aesthetica Art Prize, Counterfictions (2020)






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