(b. 1992 China) Currently lives and works in Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing (golden triangle), China.
Working across diverse mediums including moving image, photography, performance and installation, Yao Cong intends to touch on the complexity and contradiction of contemporary life. His works depict human figures at their vulnerable, dangerous and alienated to reflect on questions of how the body and landscape are manufactured and deconstructed today, and how the collective can influence an individual’s mentality through emotions and morality. In the context of the Anthropocene, Yao Cong’s practice gradually enters a new fluid, hybrid structure, and points to the uncertainty of desire, anxiety and power.
Yao Cong received his BA in Intermedia Art from China Academy of Art in 2014 and his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2017.
Yao Cong’s works have been exhibited extensively. Recent exhibitions include: ART SG-Film (Singapore, 2023); Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival (Xiamen, China, 2022); Chengdu International Photo festival (Chengdu, China, 2022); Yao Cong: Flies beyond the Clouds (Shanghai, China, 2021); Golden Flow – Beijing Contemporary Art Expo (Beijing, China, 2020); Holographia: 2018 International Art Festival, Times Art Museum (Beijing, China, 2018); From/To: the Frontier of Chinese Art Education (San Francisco, USA, 2018); VIDEONALE.16, Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn, Germany, 2017); Loop Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain, 2017); 8th International Contemporary Art Fair ARTVILNIUS (Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017); 14th Beijing Independent Film Festival (Beijing, China, 2017); 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece, 2017) among others.
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