born 1985 in Shanghai BRIEF Yao Mengxi lives and works in Shanghai. She involves in various aspects of Art such as curating, art criticism and participation-oriented / project-based practice. YAO co-founded “Radical Space” in 2014 and “Chongqing Work Institute” in 2018.
Her practice goes deep into the fields and studies by combination of the current status of social space and the historical context. Through these practices she calls artists and scholars in various fields to work together, to promote and establish a cultural context belongs the Chinese language distinguish from globalization and which subordinated it.
Yao involved in the 11th Shanghai Biennale as the scenographer of sub-project “Theory Opera” (TO) in 2016. In that November, she was awarded a second prize of the 3rd International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC). She was awarded one of the winners of the EMERGING CURATORS PROJECT by Power Station of Art in 2015 (Project: “Nightmare of the Exhibition (Part II): the Bilateral Theater”). She was awarded New York Fellowship 2018 for Curator (Asian Cultural Council).
She recently curated projects including Socialist Baroque(N3 Gallery, Beijing, 2017), A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at (Beijing Commune, Beijing, 2016), Emergence action! One unit of the group show Toward the emergence of resistance (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016). etc.
Previously she participated in projects such as Deputy Director Project (Xi’an Art Museum, 2015), and Hinterland Project (Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2015). Additionally, she is a regular contributor of Artforum China, Ran Dian, LEAP, etc.