Sensitive emotions have always been the driving force behind Yao Cong's inspiration. Yao Cong intends to build an exquisite, compelling body of work that critically reflects on how sexuality, gender, and the body is manufactured and deconstructed today, how individual and collective engagements make the political personal and are circulated through by the gameplay of emotion, judgment, and ethics. Through reconfiguring the language of desire, anxiety, and authority into new fluid, hybrid structure, he creates immersive works with hazy, poetic, and sharp aesthetics by diverse media such as moving image, performance, installation, photography, and painting in constant developments and explorations.
Yao Cong was born in Xi’an in 1992. He received his BA in Intermedia Art from China Academy of Art in 2014. In the same year, he won the Luo Zhongli Scholarship for the best graduating young artist in Greater China. His MA in Fine Art from Royal College of Art, London, in 2017.
Yao Cong’s works have been exhibited extensively at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; CICA Museum, Korean; Mill Hall, Kerala, India; Centre for Art and Culture, Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Times Art Museum, Beijing, China; MOCA Chengdu, China. His works have been featured at Holographia: 2018 International Art Festival (2018); the 8th International Contemporary Art Fair ARTVILNIUS (2017); VIDEONALE.16 (2017); Loop Barcelona (2017); 10th Beijing Queer Film Festival (2017); 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival (2017); 14th Beijing Independent Film Festival (2017); Microwave International New Media Arts Festival (2016); Helsinki Festival (2015); among others.