ART, RESEARCH, THEORY
The last guest speaker of the BEAR lecture series is the Chinese artist Huang Jing Yuan (1979, Guangxi). She is a participant of 'Theater 44 and 'On Practice', as well as the initiator of "Writing • Mother", an on-going communal writing project with the ambition of discovering the potential of a feminist critique through the lens of family life.
Huang Jing Yuan was born in 1979, of Zhuang minority descent. She received a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2005 and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Since her return to China in 2010, her work has focused on the contradictions within Chinese society, and disconnections between China and the world. Two major series were produced during this period: the "Confucius City Project" and "I Am Your Agency. Since 2014, concerned over the diminution of a civil society under the Xi administration, Huang has worked with the idea of socialist realism, attempting to subvert the key mechanics of this historically complex genre. Notable projects from this period of work include "Civility Trilogy," "Invitation of Models," and "Mao's Love Letter." Since 2017, her exhibitions and residencies have focused on exploring the conflicted inner strength of people in the provincial setting. Her first film “Solutions” is made during this period.
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