Biography

Chinese-born media artist Chi Jang Yin is best known for her reflective, autobiographical work, which comments upon the state of Chinese culture, past and present. Her video work combines documentary, experimental and narrative disciplines and she often imbues her work with elements from her background in photography and performance art. Through humor and irony, her conceptual work leads to the merging of personal and social statements. Themes of Yin’s work consist of displacement, alienation, the absence of representation, memory in narrative, and individualism reconstructed and intertwined with social and cultural infrastructures.

Yin’s award-winning videos are internationally recognized and are frequently featured in film exhibitions, galleries, museums and film festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Kassel Dokumentarfilm-und-Videofest (Germany), Asian Art Biennial at The Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), The Contemporary Center of Art (Bulgaria), The Cheekwood Art Museum (Nashville), The Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix), The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), The Pacific Film Archive (University of California-Berkeley), The Los Angeles Film Festival, and The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, IDFA (The Netherlands). Her videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank in Chicago and Videotage in Hong Kong. (read more)

As an Associate Professor of Media Art at the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University, Yin uses the method of critical thinking analysis of contemporary photography and avant grade films and video art as a tool to engage her students in discussion.

As a curator, Yin travels around the world to curate film and video programs, which are seen by international audiences. The most recent programs that Yin curated took place at Sun Yat-sen University in China, Chicago Filmmakers and The DePaul Art Museum, both in Chicago.

Recently, Yin’s video was featured in an exhibition “The Faces of Evil: 1939–2009” hosted by the Ars Cameralis Culture Institution in Poland and curated by Marek Zielinski. The show included works by Paul Chan, Mona Hatoum, Martha Rosler, Koken Ergun, and Bill Viola. The monthly long exhibition showed important films and videos on the subject of war, genocide, totalitarianism, and the traumatic effects of war past and present.

Her upcoming work “Pretend Nothing Happened” is a split-screen HD, allowing viewers to compose illusion of fiction without a central perspective. The narrative combines documentary elements to present a Chinese-French woman reconnecting to a closed factory and a river in China.

Awards:
Distinction Prize Award and Honorable Mention, IN-OUT Festival, the Lazniz Centre for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia), Poland. 2009 (Lighthouse)
Best Film on Architecture, Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo city, Italy. 2007 (Glass House)
Second Grand Prize Award, Athens International Film Festival, Ohio. 2003 (Untitled Affair)
Best of Film Festival, Thaw International Film and Digital Media Festival, Iowa City, IA. 2003 (Another Clapping)
Illinois Arts Council, Finalist Award for Media Arts, Chicago, IL. 2002
Best Documentary Short, Georgetown Independent Film Festival, Washington, DC. 2001 (Another Clapping)
Finalist Award, Asian American Film and Video Showcase, Chicago, IL. 2001 (Another Clapping)

Resume

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Teaching

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