Chris Zhongtian Yuan (b.1988, Wuhan) moves fluidly between video, sound, writing and performance to explore ways in which storytelling re-imagines relationship between body, language, time and space. Chris is interested in queering existing forms by meshing together layers of techniques and materials - autobiographical, emotional, ecological, archival and poetic - building worlds for new individual and collective subject to emerge. Through affective and investigative ways of finding and making, the work often channels personal anxiety into searching for the “exiled ghosts” - these “ghosts” aim to rewrite and collapse oppressive structures of power.
Recent exhibitions, screenings and performances include: Art Lovers Movie Club: Wuhan Punk, ArtReview, London (2021); Wuhan Punk: Chris Zhongtian Yuan, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2021); A Continuation of Decentralized Reality with Expanding Intimacy, OCAT Institute, Beijing (2021); Spring Time, Palm Trees, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2021); Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy, Somerset House, London (2021); 1815, K11, Wuhan (2020); The 5th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Art Triennial, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan (2020); Border Walks, London Zoo (2019); School of Athens, Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion (2018) among others. Chris was awarded the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize and OCAT Institute Research-based Curatorial Project (co-curator). Chris is currently Film London’s FLAMIN Fellow 2021-22, developing a new artist film.