Chris Zhongtian Yuan

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Chris Zhongtian Yuan (b.1988, Wuhan) engages with the medium of film through a musical and architectural language. Working across both digital and analogue mediums, Yuan draws from a wide range of music genres in order to re-imagine and improvise memory and resistance. Their work aims to form a new “Punk” moving image practice which draws from DIY music, vernacular architecture and personal encounters. Yuan is a graduate of the Architectural Association.

Yuan holds a BA in History of Art from University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2009), a B.S. Architecture, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2014), M. Arch Courses, Rice University(2015) and AA Dipl./RIBA Part II, from Architectural Association School of Architecture (2019).

Selected solo exhibitions and screenings include ‘Home is Where the Music Is,’ Reading International, Reading (2023); ‘No Door, One Window, Only Light’, Macalline Art Center, Beijing (2023); ‘Art Lovers Movie Club: All Trace Is Gone, No Clamour for a Kiss’ (online), ArtReview, London (2023); ‘Cloudy Song’, Somerset House, London (2022); ‘Wuhan Punk’, NOWNESS Asia (2022); ‘All Trace Is Gone, No Clamour for a Kiss’, V.O Curations, London (2022); ‘Art Lovers Movie Club: Wuhan Punk’, ArtReview, London (2021); ‘Wuhan Punk: Chris Zhongtian Yuan’, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2021); ‘1815’, K11, Wuhan (2020); ‘Wuhan Punk, Film & Video Umbrella’, London (2020).

His work has been featured in group exhibitions and screenings including Today Art Museum, Beijing (2023); Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2023); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2023); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); Dangxia Art Space, Beijing (2022); B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt (2022); Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2022); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2021); Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York (2021); Tabula Rasa Gallery, London(2021); Videoex, Zurich (2021); Antenna Space, Shanghai (2021); Somerset House, London (2021); The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2021); Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan (2020); OCAT Institute, Beijing (2020); York Art Gallery, York (2020); Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion (2018).

Yuan was artist-in-residence at V.O Curations (2021) and has been awarded the Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Grant (2023); British Council UK-China CtC Grant (2023); British Council Short Film Travel Grant (2023); Somerset House PATH-AI Film Commission (2022); Arts Council England Project Grant (2022); Film London FLAMIN Fellowship (2021-22); was the K11 Art 11 Prize Winner (2021); Aesthetica Art Prize Winner (2020); OCAT Institute Research-based Curatorial Project (2020); Film & Video Umbrella Commission (2020).

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