Chris Zhongtian Yuan graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Minnesota. Guided by an immersive period of research and performative component, their recent work recomposes sound, archival images, and narratives to build new collective myths. Through sensorial and emotive ways of making and understanding, Yuan’s practices aim to reimagine, challenge, and thus dismantle the established classifications of identity, linear time as well as power structures.
Yuan’s works have been shown in international institutions including, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2021); Somerset House, London (2021); OCAT Institute, Beijing (2020); Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan (2020); K11, Wuhan (2020); Venice Architectural Biennale Greek Pavilion, Venice (2018). They are the recipient of the 2021 FLAMIN Fellowship with Film London, K11 Wuhan Art 11 Prize, Huayu Youth Award Finalist, OCAT Institute Curatorial Award, 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize. Recently the visiting artist and lecturer at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), they have also lectured at institutions including Courtauld Institute of Art, Architectural Association and OCAT Institute.
Yuan currently lives and works in London.
Wuhan Punk / 2020
Wuhan Punk (2020) is an essay film that attempts to tell the stories of Wuhan, the historical city now infamous for being the place of the first Covid-19 outbreak. In a voiceover in the Wuhanese dialect, the first-person narrator speaks of memories of the disappeared former member of Wuhan Punk group Si Dou Le, Youth Autonomous Centre and anarchist squatter performance venues, and the epic flood of 1998.