Yanmei Jiang is from Guangzhou China, and now lives and works in New York. Her artwork is a reinterpretation of her gender identity, influenced by the impact of patriarchal culture in China and the complexities of multiple cultures. Through photography and painting, she embarks on a journey of self-exploration and transformation. Her photographic pieces depict self-portraits within relationships, while her paintings portray an Asian girl—an embodiment of both childhood fantasy and her present reality. She wanted to create a strong, not-being-ignored Asian girl character, which conflicted with her childhood experience where girls are bounded and ignored in traditional Chinese culture. Her art is a process of self-reconstruction.
Her photography work Me and Me got the Taipei Photo Emerging Talent Award, Taiwan China(2016), the Dummy Award Kassel, Shortlist, Germany (2016), Three Shadows Photography Award, Shortlist, China (2016), and Xitek EOS New Talent Award, China (2015). It was collected by the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany, Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum, China, and personal collectors. Her paintings were shown in the galleries of New York City.
Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York (2021-2023)
Taipei Photo Emerging Talent Awards, Taiwan (2016)
Dummy Award Kassel, Shortlist, Germany (2016)
Three Shadows Photography Award, Finalist, China (2016)
Xitek EOS New Talent Award, China (2015)
German foundation Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung,2020.
Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum, 2020.
Personal collected, China
Personal collected, Germany
2017, Me and Me, Space Place, Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
2016, Me and Me, Ray Art Center, Shanghai, China.
2014, Me and Me, Voutu Space, Guangzhou, China.
2023, Cement, TaiL of A Gecko, Temple Gallery & Tutu Gallery, New York, USA.
2023, wood panel paintings, Stockwell Collective, Boston, USA.
2023, The Softness in Your Eyes, Echo Box, Latchkey Gallery, New York, USA.
2021, Me and Me, Wild Horses’, Sim Smith Gallery, London, English.
2018, Me and Me, The Family of No Man, Arles Cosmos, Arles, France.
2017, The Port and the Image Project: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities, China Port Museum, China.
2017, Me and Me, La Maison de Z “Made In China”, Arles, France.
2016, Me and Me, Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing/Xiamen, China.
2016, Me and Me, The 8th Fotobook Festival Kassel, Germany / China.
2016, Me and Me, Taipei Photo Festival, Taipei, Taiwan China.
2016, Me and Me, Xitek New Talent Award, Shanghai, China.
2015, Group Exhibition, Gucang Dummy Award Martin Parr Edition, Lanzhou Foto Festival, Lanzhou, China.
2015, Group Exhibition, Lishui Photography Festival, Lishui, China.
2015, @Daily Snapshot, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China.
- Book: ABOUT US. Young Photography in China
(I am one of the artists in the book.)
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers, Munich Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek and Petra Giloy-Hirtz. With essays by Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek, Petra Giloy-Hirtz, Marine Cabos-Brullé, and Karen Smith
Date of publication: 2021
296 pages, 239 color illustrations
25 × 30 cm
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2013, One of the mentors of a handmade book workshop, Lishui Photography Festival, Lishui, China.
2013, Held a handmade book workshop, Fei Gallery, Guangzhou, China.
2012, Held a Self-publishing book workshop, Times Museum Community Art Festival, Guangzhou, China.
2016, Me in Private Images—From Life Struggles to Social Realities, Ray Art Center, Shanghai, China.