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Having exhibited internationally to great acclaim, Shen Yuan is emerging as one of the most important and innovative artists working in Europe today. Living and working in Paris since 1990, she forms part of a generation of artists who left China to pursue their artistic practice.

Shen Yuan, the first monograph to be published on the artist’s career, takes readers on a visually exciting journey of Shen Yuan’s work to date. Documenting past projects and work in progress for her first major solo exhibition, the book also includes colourful sketchbook pages of both realised and unrealised projects, which provide insight into the artist’s working process. Alongisde newly commissioned essays by Hou Hanru, Evelyne Jouanno, Martina Köppel-Yang and Gilane Tawadros, quotations from the artist provide a lively and enlightening commentary on her work.

Published on the occasion of a touring exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol; Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool


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What people say

'Shen Yuan's articulation of the performative in her work is the best metaphor for the new identity of contemporary women engaged in the process of cultural negotiation. This gesture clearly refuses any pedagogical fixing of identity; instead it is involved in an ongoing process of reconstruction, receptive and adaptable to a changing reality.' Hou Hanru and Evelyne Jouanno


ISBN: 1-899846-32-8
76pp, softback, 225 x 245mm, 42 colour illustrations
Iniva in collaboration with Arnolfini, Bristol, 2001