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YAO Qingmei

1982 Born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

2005 Bachelor's degree in Management (Marketing), Zhejiang Ocean University, China

2011 Bachelor of Arts (DNAP), Limoges-Aubusson National Art School, Limoges, France

2013 Master of Arts (DNSEP), Villa Arson National Art School, Nice, France

Currently lives and works in Paris and Wenzhou


2022 Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship, New York,United States

2022 Individual Creation Fellowship, DRAC Ile-de-France, France

2018 The 68th Prix Jeune Création of Paris, Paris, France

2017 The Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year,” Shanghai, China

2014 Special Jury Prize, 59th Salon de Montrouge, France

Individual Création Fellowship, DRAC Limousin, France

Solo Exhibition


  • Yao Qingmei: Mole, West Bund Museum, Shanghai, China


  • Yao Qingmei: The burrow, Magician Space, Beijing, China


  • Alienation. Who finishes first? Graz, Switzerland


  • La commerce du parole, Atelier Blanc, Villefranche de Ruge, France


  • The Ecdysiast, Magician Space, Beijing, China


  • Sanzu Ding and its motif, OCAT Xi'an Contemporary Art Terminal, Xi’an, China


  • One Hour Occupy Parking Art, Work in progress, Paradise, Nantes, France

  • Professor YAO, Magician Space, Beijing, China


  • Palais de Tokyo, as part of Modules Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France


Group Exhibition
  • Mean time to failure, l’Espace Le Carré, Lille, France
  • Study toward the new era, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • Scales in Flames, Shanghai Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China


  • Engaging with the World: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Since the Dawn of the 20th Century, Taikang Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • A Story of a Merchant, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Mediated Body: Among Objects and Fields, ShangART Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • Sur le feu, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

  • Voice, Musée Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany

  • Microcosm: Emotions in the Age of Technology, Chengdu Art Museum, China


  • Floating, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

  • The Intimate Revolt, Goethe Institute, Beijing, China

  • Alice in Wonderland, 69 Art Campus, Beijing, China

  • Rythme and Refrain, Song Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • The Real Show, Brétigny Centre d’art de Brétigny, Brétigny, France


  • Boomerang–OCAT Biennale 2021, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China


  • Play societies: wolves, lynx and ants, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, Beijing, China

  • Embodied Mirror: Performances in Chinese Video Art, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing, China

  • Un point complet sur la situation, Espace A VENDRE, Nice, France

  • Artiste Film Internation, Whitechapel Gallery, London

  • I wish you could swim, like the dolphins can swim, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Factories, machines and the poet’s words, 798 Art Zone Buildings, Beijing, China

  • Bicycle Thieves, Para Site, Hong Kong, China

  • The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay, Time Museum, Guangdong, China

  • Bicycle Thieves, Para Site, Hong Kong, China

  • Reverberation from crystallized revolution, Tete, Berlin, Germany

  • Under the sign of saturn, CLC space, Beijing, China

  • Chinese landscape, Taikang Collection, Beijing, China

  • Shards from the Mirror of History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States

  • Yellow reflection, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France


  • Disappearing Archive, Mocube, Beijing, China

  • Danse with it, Taikang SPACE, Beijing, China

  • New metallurgiste, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Here/There, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • Respire – Works from the Lemaitre Video Art Collection, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

  • Traces of Abandonment, Mstudio, Beijing, China

  • Brace for Impact, De Appel Curatorial Programme, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Jeune Création 2018, Palais des études (Beaux-arts de Paris), Paris, France

  • NOW Chinese female contemporary artists, HOME (Manchester) and Tate Research Centre: Asia (London), England

  • Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Art center, Shanghai, China


  • A separation, Gallery Yang, Beijing, China

  • Festival The spectre of communism, Musée Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany

  • The unknown future, Niu Centre d’art, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

  • Deconstructing Buyology, Centre d’art Bai Ta Si, Beijing, China

  • La pensée du tremblement, Galerie Jeune Création, Paris, France

  • Young Chinese Artiste of the year, Yicang Musem, Shanghai, China

  • A Chemical Love Story, Tang Contemporaray Art, Beijing, China

  • Every Skyscraper, 2nd Changjiang Photography/Video Biennale, Chongqing, China

  • Festival l'OEil d'Oodaaq, Renne, France

  • The New Normal: Art and China in 2017, UCCA, Beijing, China


  • Vidéo d'artistes, festival Ville au Corps, le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

  • Scarcity and Supply, Baijiahu Museum, Nanjing, China

  • J’ai des certitudes sur mes doutes, Artothèque, Caen, France

  • Pixel Park: contemporary vidéo art exhibition, Shanghai, China

  • Not early Not late, Gallerie PACE, Beijing, China

  • Jeune Création Européenne 2015/2017, Latvia

  • Yes, I can ! , Centre d’art contemporain Walter-Benjamin, Perpignan, France

  • Jeune Création Européenne 2015/2017, Poland

  • Jeune Création Européenne 2015/2017, Kunst bygningen vraa, Denmark

  • We Refugees - Of the Right to Have Rights, Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany


  • La leçon, Espace à vendre, Nice, 2015

  • (et pour) quelques minutes de plus, la Générale en manufacture, Sèvre, France

  • Le JCE Biennale 2015/2017, Montrouge, France

  • L'Art-o-Rama, Show Room 2015, Marseille, France

  • Zamin Time, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

  • How Art Museum, Wenzhou, China

  • Zoom contemporary image art invitational exhibition, Glorious Plaza, Xi'an, China

  • Loop Video, Barcelona, Spain

  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Film sector, Hong Kong, China

  • Fundamental Labor, KaoLa Space, Tianjin, China

  • Pavillon blanc, Centre d’art de Colomier, France

  • Traverse Vidéo 2015, Galerie Concha de Nazelle, Toulouse, France

  • Brussels Cologne Contemporaries 2015, Brussels, Belgium

  • Un monde léger et profond, Art Up 2015 (Carte Blanche à Stephane Corréard), Lille, France


  • FIAC, (OFF)ICIELLE, Cité de la Mode et du Désign (Stand de FMAC, Fond Municipal d'art contemporain de Paris), Paris, France

  • Le commerce de la parole, Musée de Rochechouart, France

  • The player, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

  • Deux trois mouvement, Les Charpentiers de la Corse, Corsica, France

  • La Comédie de l'Art, Fondation de doute, Ville de Blois, France

  • 59e Salon de Montrouge, Ville de Montrouge, France

  • Traverse Vidéo 2014, Chapelle des Carmélites, Toulouse, France

  • Mauvaise herbe, Galerie La Vitrine, Limoges, France

  • La bricologie, raumLABOR, Braunschweig, Germany

  • ENTRACT 11, pad/ studio Loba (organisé par le collectif blast), Angers, France

  • Collection Les Maitres, Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, France

  • Festival Vidéo Vidéo, Bourgogne, Paris, France




  • Blowing a feather, Asymmetry Art Foundation, Asian Forum, official Collateral Events of the 60th edition of La Biennale di Venezia,  Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

  • Blowing a feather (work in progress), Movement Research at Judson Church, New York, United States


  • Gozilla can't be killed, Macalline Center of Art, Shanghai, China


  • Quarantine diary, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Fight Landscape, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • A better life, Aranya Art Centre, Qinghuangdao, China

  • One rehearsal (live show), Cache Space, Beijing, China


  • Specters of Communism, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


  • 12 minutes de performance, Rue française by Miss China, Paris, France


  • Miss Weather for the Plateau discussion 'Contemporary in the Making,' la Générale en manufacture, Sèvre, France


  • The Ceremony of Animal Liberation, Museum of Hunting and Nature, Paris, France

  • Professor Yao's Conference: The Sanzu Ding and its motif, in the "Partition Conference" program., Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, France

  • Street Therapy for the INACT Festival, Strasbourg, France

  • Street Therapy (Opening Cocktail), Intervention in the city of Limoges, France.



  • New York Residency Program, Asian Cultural Concil, New York, United States


  • Today Art Museum residency program, Beijing, China

  • Cache Space, Beijing, China


  • Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal

  • The Artistic Residence House of Amarante, Portugal

  • Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France


  • Paradise, Nantes, France

  • Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France


  • Les charpentiers de la Corse, Corsica

  • L'Atelier de Montrouge, Montrouge, France

  • Cité internationale des arts (2014 – 2016), Paris, France

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