Amy Yao

Long Beach, CA

Amy Yao is an artist based in Phoenix, AZ and New York City, and is a former member of the all-female teen punk band Emily’s Sassy Lime (ESL). Her work was included in Greater New York 2010 at MoMA/PS1. She has mounted solo exhibitions at Mathew Gallery in Berlin, Germany; Indipendenza Studios in Rome, Italy; New Jerseyy in Basel, Switzerland; Green Gallery in Milwaukee; and 47 Canal in New York. Collaboratively, she has exhibited with her pirate film and video club B’L’ing (Bootlegging) at Art in General. With her sister Wendy, she has curated and organized the Art Swapmeet at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA, for the past six years. She received a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. In fall 2011, Yao launched a collaborative textile and clothing project with JF & Sons.

Young Girl, Young Boy, Find Me…

Amy Yao

Artist Bio

Amy Yao’s multimedia work will feature film, photography and an archive of collected image and field recordings made while traveling between Shanghai and Tibet on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Young Girl, Young Boy, Find Me… will focus on the themes of youth culture, Chinglish, modernization and mass migration. Audio recordings may include local television, radio and sounds from public spaces. The collected media will become the material from which Yao will construct an abstract, non-narrative work. She intends to utilize newly shot footage while borrowing from the ideas and forms of past structural films, privileging real-time aesthetic, fixed camera position, flicker, and looping.

Award Year

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