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Chinese multimedia artist who has lived in Rome from the age of ten and studied between London and Paris with degrees in Political Science and Economics, Yi Zhou is a polyglot artist whose work has been shown at Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale and Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival since the past 10 years.

Yi Zhou was named as the first ever artist-ambassador to endorse a beauty brand; Clarins, from 2010 to 2011. Loved by luxury brands for her multi-disciplinary range as an artist, since 2012 she has also started collaborations with brands such as Italian luxury eyewear brand Persol and Hogan.

Her diverse interests and compacity to range her multimedia work have also been shown through her much-acclaimed collaborations such as with the French couture jewelry house Gripoix; a first successful artist-collection entitled "Pineapple's Secret". Her animations have also inspired clothing collection by the French hip brand, Each x Other.

In 2013, Yi Zhou has also been invited as the very first Chinese talent to be hired as a designer and creative director of a brand to do an articulated complete project ranging from men's wear, women's wear and accessories for Iceberg. "Breaking the Ice" capsule collection will be released in December 2013 world wide.

Since 2010 she has relocated back to China and founded her studio and production company in Shanghai, creating job opportunities for young Chinese people to work and experiment together on international projects. An image maker and muse, switching from the front to the back of the camera, Yi Zhou is a modern-day Chinese Hitchcock, Yoko Ono and Cindy Sherman. Currently, Yi Zhou is also Tudou.com’s (Chinese would-be youtube) art-director and serves as art and fashion advisory member at Sina.com (which owns Chinese twitter).

If Yi Zhou's work is not pop, the life she has been embracing reminds of Andy Warhol's philosophy: establishing her work as leading video artist, ranging her works from 3D animations to sculptures, music composition, filmmaking, acting as active promoter of East meets West culture at key leading events such as TEDx (Paris in 2012 and Beijing in 2013) and Women's Forum. Like Andy Warhol at his time, her work is also recognized by members of highly diverse social circles such as distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons and young social media audience.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Galleries

Pearl lam galleries
Hanart‍

YI ZHOU VENICE BIENNALE EXHIBITION INTRODUCTION TEXT

Achille Bonito Oliva

“Art is a hope for happiness,” said Baudelaire. The total art of Yi Zhou is the demonstration of the Chinese artist’s desire to represent the depth and the surface of things, the appearances of the world and the deep pulsations that pass through the human mind. Her work is the fruit of a multimedia language that combines cinema, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and contemporary music. In this way, even through video, the work becomes the ability to represent time in space, to capture the fleeting moments of life in a fragmentary vision that succeeds in capturing the present without forgetting the past, in a dialogue between different cultures, between East and West.  A sophisticated and surprising literary memory enables Yi Zhou to create references to the “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, to the “Decameron” by Boccaccio, to the story of Nastagio degli Onesti, and even to recover the comedy of Gogol’s “The Nose”. These references are successfully absorbed by a visual language that grasps the idea of the plot (completely western) interwoven with a flowing concept of circular time (completely oriental). The four films that Yi Zhou presents in Venice document the precocious maturity of a cosmopolitan artist who has explored many cultural and poetic genres that are quite far from one another, such as that of Nam June Paik and Andy Warhol, American cinema and the French Nouvelle Vague, Italian design and Asiatic statue production. These interweaving capacities demonstrate the eroticism of a work that finds the confirmation of an idea of total art in the synthesis of languages. Which means the representation of a value that is very suited to our time, namely the coexistence of differences.

Chang Tsong-zung
The Age of Yi

Yi Zhou embraces the full range of visual and audio experiences available to new media art, she takes on new scientific products, and weaves unabashedly into her work celebrity glamour and cinematic spectacle. We are reminded by Yi that our age is equidistant between Homeric epic and mass media Hollywood, and that we are equally at home with karaoke sentimentality and state-sponsored terror. With the modern alchemy of media technology, the artist can touch any familiar objects with magic, and any present moment can be a moment of adventure.
Yi's fantasies are gilded by a lunar aura, they recede into a mythical distance that constantly wakes up to the fragility of the physical body. She is fascinated by epic tales, to which she responds and imagines as bodily transformation (of heart, ear, head and inner organs). Immersing into herself as the source of adventure, she cracks the present moment to open up an abyss of mythic time. Adolescent innocence and vain glory, cosmic dream and virtual reality, heroic epoch and soap sentiment, Yi has created fresh scope for imagination by bringing all of these on stage.‍

EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

OPEN 13, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido,

San Servolo Island, Italy

Currents 2010, El Museo Cultural’s warehouse space, Santa Fe, USA

Giorni Felici: Welcome to the 22nd Century, Fondazione Testori, Milan, Italy

Chinese Contemporary Art, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009 Vraoum! Trésors de la bande dessinée et art contemporain, Maison Rouge, Paris, France

The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, USA

2008 Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum, China

Reperti Contemporanei Confini. Ventimiglia, Italy

2007 FIAC 2007, Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery, Paris, France

Archetype, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Verismo Magico, Not Gallery, Naples, Italy

Good Morning Babilonia, Primo Marella Gallery, Beijing, China

2006 The Sea, White Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Quarter Relocated, Turin, Italy

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2005 Chinese Contemporary Art Biennial, Montpellier, France

The Future of Cities, Nancy, France

Festival Sonar, Barcelona, Spain

2004 Fraicheur de Vivre, Shanghai, Canton Museum of Contemporary Art, China

Video Generation, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

2003 Love Me Forever And Never in collaboration with the Crazy Horse,

Palais du Tokyo, Paris, France

40 Views of an Icon by Comme des Garçons, Spazio Consolo, Milan,

Italy and Hermitage, Moscow, Russia

FIAC 2003: Fantasme Fantastique, Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery, Paris, France

Made in China, Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation of Contemporary Art, France

Biennale de Tirana 02, Tirana, Albania

DVD by Numbers Presentation, Sony Dream World, Paris, France

Something about Love, Casino Luxembourg – Contemporary Art Forum, Luxembourg

2002 First View, Passage du Retz, Paris, France

Alter Ego, National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg

Whitney Biennale online exhibition

This Is Not Cinema, Fresnoy Studio, Lille, France‍

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 The Ear Bridge and The Greatness, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

I Am Your Simulacrum, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London, UK

Hegemony or Survival, Contrasts Gallery special screening space, Shanghai, China

2009 Yi Zhou booth by Art Asia/Scope Pavilion at Art Basel Miami Beach, USA and Art Basel,

Switzerland

Around the Earbridge, True Colour Museum, Suzhou, China

2008 Paradise selected by Sundance Institute,

screening at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, USA

My Heart Laid Bare, Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong

Hear, Earth, Heart, Music by AIR, Screening at the Majestic Crest, Los Angeles, USA

Hear, Earth, Heart, Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery, Paris, France

1280 Towers, Place Vendôme, Paris, France

2007 Avatars screening at 64th Venice International Film Festival, Italy

Il passato è remoto anzi sarà sempre presente, a sculpture, video, ring,

Galleria Nicola Ricci, Pietrasanta, Italy

2006 Three Cantos: Prefiguration: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

2005 Dreamscape, Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery, Paris, France

2004 Mountaintank Performance, Deitch Projects, New York, USA

2002 Y_Game, Noirmont Prospect, Paris, France‍