ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - 12 Sept. to 06 Nov. 2016
Presentation of the artist with a cooking action: Saturday 24. September 2016
Exhibition "SEI MEIN GAST" 04. and 5.11.2016
In her performance project "Be my guest" Yingmei Duan interactively addressed the local people. Yingmei Duan has realized more than seventy "Collaborative Performances" worldwide since 2003. She combines performance, video, sound and installation art in her work. Her artistic work often takes place in process and can extend over long periods of time. She particularly enjoys working with people from different cultures, ages and living spaces.
During her stay in the ArtLab of the Kunstpavillon she met people between the ages 8 and 88 in the whole Brohltal region, worked creatively together with people from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Bosnia and gave various impulses as well as astonishment and questions. Yingmei and her guests processed their shared experiences in paintings, photographs and other appropriate media, and exhibited and performed at the end of Yingmei Duan‘s residency in the Kunstpavillon.
Yingmei Duan was born in China in 1969. In her early days, she belonged to the Chinese avant-garde and lives in Beijing in the legendary East Village artists' quarter as a painter. In 1995 she took part in the performance "To add one meter to an anonymous mountain", which has meanwhile become a classic of Chinese modernism. She became a pure performance artist under the influence of Marina Abramovic, with whom she studied at the HBK in Braunschweig from 2000 to 2004. She also worked there for a year with Christoph Schlingensief.
Over the past 16 years she has made a name for herself at numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals and workshops. For example, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (2005), La Biennale di Venezia in Italy (2007), Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Germany (2009), Guangzhou Live in China (2010), Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden (2011), Hayward Gallery in London (2012), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea in Wales (2013), He Xiangning Art Museum in China (2014), The 19th Biennale of Sydney in Australia (2014) and Solyanka State Gallery in Moscow(2015).