Meng-Yu Yan (b. 1992, Sydney) is a photography-based cross-disciplinary artist. Their practice blends digital photographic methods with analogue manipulation, sculpture, and installation. The artist embodies a trickster of sorts who enjoys playing “photographic games”with their audience. Their practice amalgamates various forms and materials - employing the use of mirrors and reflections, light, lenses, glass and water to distort our perspective of reality.
Characterised by spontaneity and experimentation, Meng’s practice conveys strong conceptual engagement with self-reflection, alienation, and traversing the sublime. As a first generation Chinese-Australian queer artist, Meng’s work consistently confronts the intersections between race, culture, sexuality and gender identity. Marked by fragmentation, multiplicity, and the unconscious their self-portraiture is reminiscent of Surrealist photographers such as Claude Cahun and Duane Michals.
Meng’s first solo exhibition ‘occulere – vision & concealment’ debuted at Dominik Mersch Gallery in 2017. Currently Meng is completing their Master of Fine Arts (Research) funded by the Australian Government RTP Scholarship at UNSW Art & Design. Their research explores queer spectrality and cultural haunting through experimental photography. In 2019 Meng was awarded the Ross Steele Scholarship to fund their residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
Read Meng's latest artist interview with Antidote: here
Represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery: click here for more information
The artist acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation on whose land they live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded.