Only MAMA Knows #1, 2017

ZHIYUAN YANG

Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist from Beijing, China who makes work exploring the ambivalent relationship between alienation and belonging. Through questioning the social evaluation of failure, I challenge and construct alternatives to normative definitions of gender, ethnicity, and social character through fiction, performance, and intimate conversation. I use strategies that encompass masquerade, interview, and humor. The locations in which I work include the studio, art gallery, domestic and the public sphere. These locations are frequently transformed to reflect shifts and changes that subjects at the center of my investigation undergo.

www.zhiyuanyang.com