About Yu Ji - 关于于吉


Yu Ji (b. 1985) was born in Shanghai. She currently lives and works in Shanghai and Vienna. She graduated from the Sculpture Department of Fine Art College of Shanghai University in 2011.

Yu Ji deals primarily with sculpture and installation, yet her diverse practice includes also performance and video. Yu Ji’s current practice is motivated by the ongoing investigation into the specific location with geography and historical narratives. Her works have been associated closely with field researches and show a strong interest in the intervention of specific space with the body. Taking materiality of the media she employs as the starting point and sculpture as her essential media, Yu Ji has been developing and enriching her own vocabulary of art. Her performances that happen together with exhibitions of her sculptures, reflecting and moderating the fragile presence of human and objects in its everyday environment, often turn the space of art into the site of labour work.

Yu Ji's work has been exhibited at various art institutions including Palais de Tokyo (France), CAFA Museum (Beijing) and Yuz Museum (Shanghai). Yu Ji has had exhibited at the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 11th Shanghai Biennale in 2016. Yu Ji is one of the finalist artists in HUGO BOSS ASIA Prize 2017. 

Portrait of Yu Ji: Photo by Feng Yu, © Faurschou Foundation.