Loudreaders Session 21

Liu Yujia 刘雨佳

in Conversation with

Ellen Larson

March 9, 2021 9:00pm EST

Liu Yujia 刘雨佳 in Conversation with Ellen Larson
March 9, 2021

Liu Yujia was born in Sichuan Province in 1981. She graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004 and got her master’s degree in London College of Communication, University of the Arts London in 2009. She currently lives and works in Beijing.

Liu Yujia’s recent practice engages with moving image. Her video works and films explore the dialectical tension between the documentary reality and fiction, examining the complex and mysterious dimensions of subjective experience in different social and political context. Artist shoots the ‘real life’ scenes in a documentary way, meanwhile the privacy and invisible dimension of ‘real life’ could be revealed by her fictional or ‘take’ figures. In this way, she displays a paradox overlap of documentary and fiction-the figures are as if ‘performing themselves’.
Her recent practice reveals the fictional and illusory aspects of social reality, allowing the audience to experience the reality as a pure fiction.

Recent solo exhibitions include Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing; Shanghai Gallery of Art,Shanghai. Group exhibitions include the 11th Shanghai Biennial, PSA, Shanghai; Museum of University of Pittsburgh; OCT Art & Design Museum, Shenzhen; 2019Guangzhou Airport Biennale, Guangzhou; HOW Art Museum, Shanghai; UCCA DUNE Art Museum, Beidaihe; Julia Stoschek Collection,Dusseldorf; White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia; CFCCA, Mancheste,UKr; OCAT Shanghai; OCAT Beijing; OCAT Shenzhen; MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan;Lianzhou Photo Museum, Lianzhou; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

Her video works and films have been screened in Centre Pompidou, Paris and other museums and institutes around the world. Her works have been collected by a variety of private and public institutions worldwide, including Australia White Rabbit Museum and Kadist Fundation etc. She has been nominated for 2018-2019 Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” Award.

Ellen Larson is a curator, designer, and writer. Currently based in Pittsburgh, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in contemporary video art from China. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, she earned a Chinese MA degree focusing her studies on Modern Chinese History. Her second MA thesis, completed in 2018, “Cao Fei’s Nostalgia for the Future,” focused on the acclaimed Chinese artist’s presentation of space and environment, contemplating the legacy of utopianism and ongoing constructions of national and post-socialist identities. Her current dissertation project investigates domestic temporalities within the history of contemporary moving image art from China. Her methodological approach to the study of art history includes curation and design as forms of applied practice. Ellen has been awarded a 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellowship to China. She was also chosen to participate in a Getty Foundation Dissertation Workshop, received a Marstine Prize for Excellence in the Public Humanities in 2020, and was the recipient of a 2019 Henry Luce Foundation ACLS Predissertation Grant. Ellen curates exhibitions and public facing educational symposia in the United States and China.