Slow Still

Slow Still

Speaker: Zhang Ruyi

The Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai is pleased to continue the ongoing dialogue about contemporary art in China.

This month’s Art Focus will be an informal talk by the Shanghai-based conceptual artist Zhang Ruyi, moderated by Art Historian Julie Chun. Zhang Ruyi’s artistic practice crosses the boundaries of sculpture, painting, and installation. Her interest lies in exploring and transforming the relationship between the three elements of the individual, daily realities, and the physical space. Her artistic practice strives to capture moments of human intersection with aspects of daily life, which she seals through physical metaphors. As a representative of the “post 80s” generation of young Chinese artists, Zhang Ruyi will discuss her past and present projects. This will be followed by an open dialogue moderated by Julie Chun to gain a better understanding of the inspirations and challenges driving the dynamic yet complex state of Chinese contemporary art.  

About the artist:

Born 1985 in Shanghai, Zhang Ruyi received her BA in 2007 from the Printmaking Department and an MFA in 2012 from Synthesize Material Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Shanghai University. Her work has been exhibited at White Space Beijing, Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, K11 Art Museum, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Hong Kong, and CASS Sculpture Foundation in the UK. The artist lives and works in Shanghai.