July 1-Sept.27, 2018 — Visual Arts
Residency location: Bern
Partner organization: Stadtgalerie
Ye Funa was born in Kunming, China in 1986. She currently lives and teaches at the department of experimental art, in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, China.
Ye’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life. She is interested in the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structures, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape. Her work is politically charged, subtly engaged in pastiche as a satirizing style of propaganda. The work of Funa is rich in reference, parody and irony of the uniformity cultures.
She proposes for her residency a project called “Self fiction”, related to role play and changing identities. She will also explore the snowy mountains between Switzerland and China, as an extension of her practices in cultural comparison, geographical exile and utopian landscapes.
Ye Funa has exhibited in group shows worldwide including Exhibionist: Peep Stream, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China (2017); Folklore of the Cyber World–CAC @ the Chinese Pavilion, Periphery Event of la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015); The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015); Tomorrow’s Party, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014); Contemporary Photography in China 2009 – 2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2015); Busan Biennale 2014 Special Exhibition: Asian Curatorial, Going, Going, Until I Meet the Tide, Kiswire Sooyoung Factory, Busan, South Korea (2014); PERIPHERIES–2nd Asian Art Triennial Manchester, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, U.K. (2012); Future Pass–Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennale, Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice, Italy (2011).