Author(s): Hung Wu
A leading female figure in Chinese contemporary art, Yin Xiuzhen (b. 1963, Beijing, China) began her career in the early 1990s following her graduation from Capital Normal University in Beijing where she received a B.A. from the Fine Arts Department in 1989. Best known for her works that incorporate second‐hand objects, Yin uses her artwork to explore modern issues of globalization and homogenization. By utilizing recycled materials such as sculptural documents of memory, she seeks to personalize objects and allude to the lives of specific individuals, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, rapid modern development and the growing global economy. The artist explains, "In a rapidly changing China, ’memory’ seems to vanish more quickly than everything else. That’s why preserving memory has become an alternative way of life."
Wu Hung is Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago as well as a Consulting Curator for the Smart Museum. Hou Hanru is the Artistic Director of the MAXXI in Rome. He was previously Director of Exhibitions and Public Program and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Stephanie Rosenthal is Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London as well as Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney.