Visual Arts Exhibition

Exhibition: The Portraiture by Su Yang

SUYANG Kristyn Dingman

The solo exhibition ‘Portraiture’ shows Su Yang’s new series of oil paintings that explore the endemic anxiety that many women seem to experience regarding the shape of their bodies, whatever their size, age, colour, and ability. Yang combines a focused study of the representation of the female form with the art practice to explore the elements of female beauty and the body from a feminist perspective. She collaborates with influencers and artists who are also interested in exploring and challenging the norm of female beauty. Yang uses oil to portray and to present the images of these women with different shapes, skin colours, and appearances.

Biography

杨苏 Su Yang (b. China 1986) is a Chinese artist living and working between Melbourne and Beijing. Yang is also a researcher in Chinese feminism and feminist art studies. Her doctoral research project re-theorizes Chinese feminist art through the case studies of Chinese women artists and the new generation of Chinese feminist artists. Yang combines a focused study of the representation of the female form with the art practice to explore the elements of female beauty and the body.

Her work has been exhibited and screened at institutions internationally, including Anderson Gallery in Buffalo, Shanghai M50 Creative Park, Tsinghua University, 798 Art District in Beijing, University of Melbourne, Astor Theatre and Kino Cinemas in Melbourne, Lion Arts Centre in Adelaide, Toronto Reference Library, OCAD University Art Museum, and Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Municipal Theatre in Bogota, Colombia.

Her exhibitions have been noted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture’s official website and journal and reviewed extensively in Chinese press including Art China, Arton, China Craft & Art, Sohu News, Tsinghua University, Art Info, and China Writer, China Tourism and Photography Magazine; internationally, including Nv Voice (Feminist Voice), the University of Melbourne, Australia Contemporary Art and Feminism, Feminist Art Collection in Canada, Women in Art, SUNY Buffalo, and Art Voice in the US.

Yang’s films have been selected in Academy Awards qualifying events including Rhode Island International Film Festival and St Kilda Film Festival in 2021. She won People of Color the International Cultural Exchange in New York in 2020 and Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)’s Powershorts Short Film Competition in 2017. Her films have been screened at MIFF 2017 and other international film festivals in the USA, India, Canada, Iran, UK, Portugal, Nigeria, Mexico, and Brazil.

Date and time
Tuesday 12 April 2022 (all day)
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33, Princess Street, St Albans, Melbourne, 3021, Victoria, Australia

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