Yu Ji, Wasted Mud (Production Image), 2020. Image courtesy the artist


Delfina Foundation is delighted to announce Shanghai-based artist Yu Ji will present a new exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, informed by the field research she conducted during her 2019 Delfina Foundation residency.

Running from 22 May to 18 July 2021, Wasted Mud is the artist’s first solo exhibition at a UK institution.

In this new commission Yu Ji looks to London as a site to explore tensions between urban development and the natural environment. Taking the cities canals and rivers as a starting point, the exhibition acts as a ‘living sculpture’, where the use of the body, liquid and concrete explore a site in transformation. The work develops Yu Ji’s ongoing enquiry into the symbolic relationship between time, the human body and the landscape in which she is developing the work.

You can listen to the artist speak about her residency and her research in a recent short video presented as part of our Family Lunch: Home Delivery series.

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons supported Yu Ji’s residency and contributed towards her commission at Chisenhale Galley.

Artist Biography

Yu Ji (b. 1985, Shanghai) lives and works in Shanghai, China and Vienna, Austria. Selected exhibitions include: INCORPOREA 03, Basement Roma, Rome (2021); Stones in Her Pocket, Project Terrace, Shanghai; For the Children, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai; Interrupted Meals, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai (all 2020); May You Live In Interesting Times, 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2019); SOON ENOUGH: ART IN ACTION, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); ZHONGGUO2185, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Why Not Ask Again?- Maneuvers, Disputations & Stories, 11th Shanghai Biennale; and The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale (all 2016). In 2017 Yu Ji was awarded the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Asian Artists, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.


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