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Yu Yan is a visual artist based in New York, United States. She gained her master's degree in Art, Design, and the Public Domain Program from Harvard University Graduate School of Design with distinction in 2022, and her bachelor's degree in Studio Arts Photography and Economics from Smith College in 2018, as the recipient of the Megan Hart Jones Art Prize.

Primarily working with researched-based projects and site-specific installations, she follows intuitive research pursuits across a variety of disciplines and disparate systems of knowledge in natural and political landscapes. She is interested in the connectedness between personal memory and collective urban scenes, addressing issues around immigration and the diaspora community.

She was an invited artist in residence at Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai from 2020 to 2021. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, Poland, Scotland, France, Japan, Korea, Greece, U.S., U.K., and China.

Selected Exhibitions
2022.12   Utopia, The Holy Art, Athens, Greece
2022.10. The One International Digital Art Contes, Forum Gallery, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland
2022.10  The Hand at Fenix Arts, Fayetteville, AR, USA
2022.9   Color 2022 Juried Exhibition, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, South Korea
2022.3   It’s All Fun Time, Safehouse 1&2, London, UK
2022.5   BLOOM!, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA, USA
2022.1   Stem: Anhui Young Contemporary Artists Archives Show, Yi Art Institute, Hefei, China
2021.12 PPPPRESS, Wiesner Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
2021.10 Self-introduction, 40 Kirkland Gallery, Cambridge, USA
2021.6   Spectacle of Remnants, Harvard ChinaGSD, online
2021.1   Wanderers on the Bund, Fuji X Space, Shanghai, China
2021.1   REDIRECTING, Tree Art Museum, Beijing, China
2020.8   Adventures of 500 Film Cameras, Fuji X Space, Shanghai, China
2020.5   Windows of Harvard, Harvard Art Office, Cambridge, USA
2020.4   Pandemic, 40 Kirkland Gallery, Cambridge, USA
2019.10  HOME-ing, 40 Kirkland Gallery, Cambridge, USA

2019.8   Second Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival, Fukuoka, Japan

2019.8   Out of Focus /Ambiguë, Vanities Gallery, Paris, France

2019.7   International Photography Exhibition, Glasgow International Photography Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2019.2   Here, There, World Trade Center, New York, USA

2019.1   Solo Exhibition: Epidermis, Yi Art Institute, Hefei, China

2018.12  Surface, Loosen Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

2018.11  First Harvard Biennial, Harvard Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge, USA

2018.11  Conceptual, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece

2018.4   Always Been(), Jonatta Gallery, Northampton, USA

2018.1   Now Feast, Jonaotta Gallery, Northampton, USA

2017.8   Solo Exhibition: Ah:, Globe Hostel, Hefei, China

The Digital Chroma Agency, Dec 2022 Magazine feature
Al-Tiba9 Artist Interview, Jan 2023
LiTang, Artist Interview. Nov 2020
Orenda Art Works, Art En+During, 36 Weather. Apr 2020
Issue 03 Harvard MDes Test Print, OUTTASPACE. Dec 2019
Yi Art Institute, Exhibition Catalog of Epidermis . Jan 2019
F-Stop Magazine, Issue#92. Artist Feature, Chinatown Archive. Dec 2018
Blacklist Journal, vol. 3, Brandeis University. Chinatown Archive featured as the cover. Nov 2018
A5 Magazine, Portfolio #20. Artist Feature, Something Somewhere. Nov 2018
Hefei Globe Hostel, Exhibition Catalog of Ah . Aug 2017
Voices and Visions Journal, vol. 8, Smith College. Artist Feature, Kinship Game. Apr 2017
Second MEIHODO International Youth Visual Arts Festival  Nominee, 2019
Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize, 2018
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