Yang Yuanyuan (b. 1989, Beijing) lives and works in Beijing. She received a BA (hons) in photography at London College of Communications, University of the Arts London in 2013.

By experimenting with different ways of visual storytelling, Yang creates narratives where facts and fiction coexist and speak about topics such as memory, history and time. Most of her projects are closely related to particular locations, and usually begin with extensive research developed from specific key elements. Yang describes her way of working as “weaving”: creating a complex structure in which different materials intertwine with each other. Yang's practice involves various mediums: mainly photography but also text, video and performance. The projects are usually presented in the form of books and installations.

Yang’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. Her solo exhibitions include: “At the Place of Crossed Sights”(C-Space, Beijing, 2016); “Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing” (Organhaus, Chongqing, 2014); “In-between Places” (Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, 2012).

Recent group exhibitions she has shown work in include “Rebel Cities” (Yang Art Museum, Beijing, 2017); “Arrival City” (Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, 2017); “Times Heterotopia Trilogy III: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” (Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2017); “A Fictional Narrative Turn” (Jimei x Arles Photography Festival, Xiamen, 2016); “As Entertaining as Possible” (Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, 2016); “HISTORICODE: Scarcity & Supply” (The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, 2016); “You Won’t be Young Forever” (235 Guangfu Road, Shanghai, 2016); “Diversity of Modernity” (Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2016); “Teetering at the Edge of the World” (Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, 2015); “Asian Women Photographer’s Showcase” (Objectifs, Singapore, 2015); “Middle Ground” (C-Space, Beijing, 2015).

Yang was shortlisted for the Huayu Youth Award in 2016. In 2015 she was shortlisted for Author Book Award at Rencontres d'Arles and Best Photobook of 2015 at Fototbookfestival in Kassel, and she received second prize at Gucang Dummy Award Martin Parr Edition in the same year. She was shortlisted for the first round selection at Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2014; she was one of the UK winners of the Magenta: Flash Forward award in 2013; she received the Tierney Fellowship at Three Shadows Photography Award in 2013, and she received third prize at the Bar-Tur Award in 2011.

Yang also writes extensively about art and has been a freelance writer since 2009. She currently works as the Beijing-based editor of Art World magazine.

杨圆圆(b.1989)生于北京,于2013年获得伦敦艺术大学摄影本科学位,目前工作居住于北京。她热衷于探索视觉叙事的可能性,将真实与虚构的元素结合,探讨记忆、历史与时间等话题。通常在开始一个项目时,她会在城市中根据特定线索展开广泛调研。杨形容自己的工作方式为“编织”:在作品中构建一张多种图像与文本共生的繁复结构。她的实践包括多样的媒介,以摄影为主,同时跨越文字、录像、表演等形式。项目最终的呈现形式有时在书本里,有时在展览中,有时二者兼有。

杨圆圆作品在国内外参展并出版。她的个展包括“在视线交错之处(上篇)(C-空间,北京,2016);“几近抵达,几近具体,重庆”(器空间,重庆,2014)“中间地带”(在3画廊,北京,2012)。

近期主要群展包括“都市折叠”(央美术馆,北京,2017);“落居城市”( 重庆星汇当代美术馆,重庆,2017);“时代异托邦三部曲之III:从不扔东西的人”(广州时代美术馆,广州,2017);“虚构叙事的转向”(集美阿尔勒国际摄影节,厦门,2016);“无乐不作”(连州国际摄影年展,连州,2016);“HISTORICODE: 萧条与共给”(第三届南京国际美展,南京,2016);“好景不常在”(光复路235号,上海,2016);“Diversity of Modernity”(Fotogalerie Wien,维也纳,2016);“Teetering at the Edge of the World”(乌拉圭当代艺术中心,蒙特维的亚,2015);“亚洲女性摄影师展”(Objectifs,新加坡,2015);“中间地带”(C-空间,北京,2015);“Flash Forward 2013摄影奖”(Neubacher Shor Contemporary画廊,多伦多,2013);“三影堂摄影奖”(三影堂摄影艺术中心,北京,2012)等等。

在2016年,杨圆圆获得华宇青年奖提名;2015年,她获得阿尔勒摄影节获得最佳作者书提名(Author Book Award)(2015)、入选卡塞尔摄影书2015年最佳摄影书以及马丁·帕尔谷仓摄影样书二等奖;在2014年,她获得Bloomberg New Contemporaries的初选提名;在2013年,她是Magenta: Flash Forward摄影奖的英国区域获奖人之一;在2012年,她是三影堂摄影奖的美国特尼基金奖得主;2010年,她获得英国的Bar-Tur摄影奖的三等奖。

在创作实践之外,杨圆圆自2009年就开始作为一名自由撰稿人,她目前是上海《艺术世界》杂志的驻北京编辑。