Yin Xiuzhen (b. 1963)

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Yin Xiuzhen

Date and place of birth:
1963, Beijing

1989 BA Capital Normal University, Beijing
Selected Awards:

1997 ART/OMI foundation New York, U.S.A.
2000 UNESCO/ASCHBERG bursary laureate

A prolific avant-garde artist that creates a multitude of multimedia installations, Yin Xiuzhen first moved into installation work in the 1990s, inspired by the quickly changing environment of her native Beijing. Investigating the effects of globalization in works such as Portable Cities (2002-2004), Yin examines the changes brought about by new communication technologies and changes in distribution of wealth. Working out of Beijing, Yin has exhibited extensively throughout the world, participating in the 1999 touring exhibition Transience: Chinese Art at the End of 20th Century, the 2002 Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, Korea, and the 2003 exhibition with her artist husband Song Dong, Sars Times: Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, ISE Foundation, New York, USA. Some of her solo exhibitions include the 1998 exhibitions, Brain- Exhibition of Installations, at the Manchester Craft Centre, United Kingdom, and Dining Table - Exhibition of Installations, at the Ruine for Arts, Berlin, Germany.

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Yin Xiuzhen, Washing the River, 1995. Ice blocks made of polluted river water

Source: Courtesy of Yin Xiuzhen