Skip to main content
Photography (MA)


Yuan (Yanzhen Xiao) ( b.1999, China ) is a visual artist focused on exploring intimacy. Photography for me is a process of the constant pursuit of memories and self-healing, looking for commonalities through constantly analysing oneself and observing others.

Photo50 : Doing & Undoing Islands’, London Art Fair, 2022

Third Floor, Royal College of Art, 2023

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPhotography (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors


An exploration of intimacy and subtle emotions that are difficult to describe precisely. People are so close but cannot fully understand each other.

Untitled 1
Everytime I had face time with my grandmother, she always asked me one question first ‘Why are you crying?’. But my answer can't be heard because she's deaf.
Untitled 2
The inner world of contemporary people is like a container, and getting along with people is like the collision of two glasses, isolated and closed.
Untitled 3
That's why we contact others in order to get rid of this lonely state, but can never explore the other's heart, do with something like a futile, warm, lonely effort.
Candles 1
Candles 2
Candles 3
Candle 4
Detail 1
Detail 2
Detail 3
Detail 4




1m ✖️ 1m ✖️ 3
untitled 1
untitled 2
untitled 3
untitled 4
untitled 5
untitled 7
untitled 6
untitled 8
untitled 9
untitled 10
untitled 11