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Photography (MA)

Yuxuan Zhao

Yuxuan Zhao (b.2000), a contemporary artist from China, is currently based in London. Her work is concerned with images, sculptures and installations, mainly capturing weird but harmonious phenomena of plain, marginal trivialities accompanied by human beings.

Focused on the unreasonable organic connection, Zhao’s work emphasizes and synthesizes the involved fantasy and reality which are brought into existence at the same time. These processes engraved in poetic associations with space are to be discovered through the division and reorganization of the individual, with your own spiritual home being built between the existence and the non-existence of the real world.

Observe things that have been ignored or forgotten by people and then create an unfamiliar identity for them.

In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus escaped the labyrinth by wearing wings made of wax but became enamoured with the sun and attempted to touch its scorching rays. As he drew nearer to the sun, the intense heat melted his wings, causing him to plummet into the sea and meet his demise.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away

Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,

But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone

As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green

Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.


Observe things that have been ignored or forgotten by people and then create an unfamiliar identity for them. In the process of repeatedly mechanized movement, the accessories that can be seen everywhere in daily life nurtured the ability of space-time to cross, break mediocrity, reshape the power, and also live forever in the cycle of reincarnation.

In the process of moving natural and perpetual things, one of the static pictures is intercepted, and the physical force is artificially controlled to make it move again. When imitating and restoring the initial properties of the things themselves, time is considered a vacuum and turned into a flowing liquid. Giving new life to moments, preserved in another artificial space, and thinking about how to make the moments become eternal.

sea with a man
four light boxes




21cm*70cm x 4
one of eyes in a hand like a bird.




Flying wings
wings in Swing
Blood vessel
Cards in China