Pro Helvetia Shanghai has invited Yin Shuai to participate as an international expert at the 2022 edition of the Plat(t)form project conceived by the Fotomuseum Winterthur. He will review emerging artists’ portfolios, visit local art institutions, and network with the Swiss art scene. Specifically, he will use this opportunity to explore archival institutions and collections that use the examination of a “historical point of view” as a method of research or in relation to the production of artists’ books.
At the annual event Plat(t)form, 42 selected international photographers and artists offer an insight into their work. During the portfolio viewing event, the artists present their works to the public and a team of experts – an opportunity to discover the latest tendencies in photography as well as young talents and meet them personally.
Yin Shuai, lives and works in Milan, is a Chinese curator, lecture of Visual Arts and Curatorial studies at NABA Milan. In his recent curatorial practices – Dead-Ray on Coral Island (2021), The Principle of Hope (2021), Infancy and History (2019) – how history is shaped and how it forms an impact on our present becomes an approach that runs through the different researches.
In topics such as science fiction, knowledge production, ecological issues and studies of archive, he has attempted to question the structures and approaches to existing historical narratives, and the exhibition has thus formed diverse relationships and possibilities by blurring the boundaries between archival documents, collections, and contemporary artistic practices.
In 2020, Yin Shuai has founded AP Project, a publishing project to research, reread and produce artists’ books and histories.