Starting from the creation of “Spiritual Rehabilitation Series” in 2005, and evolving through “Me and Me Series”, “Busan Series”, “Us Series” and the large-scale canvas works produced over the past three years, Zhao Yinou faithfully records her memories of her pains, dreams, and death in the most straightforward way with a strong impact, making such bursting, dizzying imageries that it almost burns the sight of the viewers. This approach seems a far cry from the emotionally void, non-narrative contemporary paintings to which we’re used to. However, Zhao Yinou has been challenging the tradition of Chinese academic art, or the popular concepts or strategies derived from it in the contemporary art segment. She moves radically away from painting techniques, professional knowledge and traditional time scales in her works, but instead focuses on the record of individual experience, which is extremely personal and cannot be interpreted through any normal narrative technique. This exhibition will focus on the coherence of her art practice and the dedicated and candid attitude in her working logic and methods.
Zhao Yinou was born in 1972 in Shenyang. She studied at the Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1988 to 1992, and then studied in the oil department of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts from 1994 to 2001. She is currently a faculty member at the School of Art and Design, Beijing University of Technology, and the producer of documentaries “À l'ouest des rails” and “He Fengming”. Recent group and solo exhibitions include: “Being of Evils”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2020); “Psychicalreality”, Space Station, Beijing, China (2019); “Prisonnier”, Vanities, Paris, French (2019); “HAPPY PEOPLE......”, Inside-out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2019); “HER KIND•CHUANG”, Zhuzhong Art Museum, Beijing, China (2018); “The Pleasures of Adventures”, N3 gallery, Beijing, China (2016); “OPEN TO YOU”, Pusan, Korea (2014) and etc.