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).

In 2017 Yang received the fellowship from Asia Cultural Council. 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.



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。

杨圆圆于2017年获得亚洲文化协会(ACC)纽约奖助金驻留项目;在2016年,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。