Yan Yu (b.1996, Anhui), earned her B.A. degree in Studio Arts and Economics from Smith College in 2018. After graduation, she works at Magnum Photos, Aperture Foundation and Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her art practice focuses on the interactions between human beings and the built environment. The overwhelming development of the urban environment and the trivial occurrences of daily life are important elements in her photographic work. Exploring relationships between bodies, objects and space, she creates images with an unusual and bizarre composition to present people's perception of identity and culture.
Yan’s work has been published in magazines and journals, such as Wotisart, F-Stop, A5, Voices and Vision, Brandeis University Blacklist Journal. Her recent exhibitions include Yan Yu Solo Exhibition: Epidermis, Yi Art Institute, Hefei(2019); Conceptual, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens(2018); First Harvard Biennial, Harvard University, Cambridge(2018); Surface, Loosen Art Gallery, Rome(2018); Always Been, Janotta Gallery, Northampton(2018); Now Feast, Janotta Gallery, Northampton(2017); Yan Yu Solo Exhibition: Ah:, Globe Hostel, Hefei(2017)
The four images from The Red Day were accidentally produced from my ongoing documentary photo project The New Chinatown Archive. During the Chinese New Year, I was fascinated by the visually familiar yet emotionally awkward hustle and bustle on the streets in Manhattan Chinatown. The sudden blurry vision happened to me on the streets, but the camera captures the concrete reality by itself. Later, I decided to hide the original photographs with abstract color blocks as a means to echo my sensation during this special holiday.