Yu Ji (b. 1985, Shanghai) is known for a diverse practice that spans sculpture, installation, performance, video and most recently, drawing. Much of her work is motivated by investigating the concept of place and the capacity for specific loci to be charged with geographical and historical narratives. She frequently conducts field research, as part of which she has staged temporary interventions in different sites worldwide, reflecting upon and interrogating the body's place within everyday environments. In 2008, she co-founded "am art space", – an artist-led space in Shanghai, promoting experimentation and exchanges between artists, curators and the public. The artist lives and works in Shanghai.
Yu Ji obtained her MFA from the Department of Sculpture, College of Art of Shanghai University, in 2011. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Asia Art: Award for Emerging Asian Artists. Current and recent solo exhibitions include “Against Shadows”, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2022); “Wasted Mud”, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2021); “Spontaneous Decisions II”, Gallery 0, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project, Shanghai (2021); “Forager”, Edouard Malingue, offsite at Avenue Apartments, Shanghai (2020); “Stones in Her Pocket”, Project Terrace, Shanghai (2020); “Black Mountain”, Beijing Commune (2016), “Dairy of Sulfur Mining—Pataauw”, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei (2016) and “Never Left Behind”, Beijing C-Space (2014). Recent group exhibitions include The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2021); “INCORPOREA 03", Basement Roma, Rome (2021); “Soft Water Hard Stone”, New Museum Triennial 2021, New Museum, New York (2021); “May You Live in Interesting Times”, 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); “SOON ENOUGH: ART IN ACTION”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Asian Artists, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); “The Eighth Climate (What does art do?)”, 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories”, 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016); “INSIDE CHINA. L’Intérieur du Géant”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014). The artist’s work will appear in two solo museum exhibitions in 2023: one opening in April at the Center for Contemporary Arts Berlin, Germany; and one in June at the Orange County Museum of Art, California.