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Hui Ye (CN)
video, 2017-18 33:08
The artist (re-)constructs her own identity within the structures of WeChat, one of the most important digital communication tools in contemporary China. Without being physically present in the country, the artist asks her friends there to use the QR code – which represents her person on WeChat platform – in different ways and thereby make her digital identity a part of the Chinese social network. The work is an attempt to reintegrate in a radically changed Chinese society after being absent for fourteen years and to overcome alienation with digital means.
Hui Ye (CN), born 1981, completed graduate studies in composition and music theory at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and in TransArts at University of Applied Arts Vienna. Ye works with different media: video/film, installation, composition and sound performance. The question how social identity is shaped in different cultural and political contexts is the main issue of her artistic work. She is the laureate of Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2018. Her recent solo/dual solo shows are held at Times Museum Guangzhou (China) and Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz (Austria).