Han Mengyun (b. 1989, Wuhan) is a visual artist, comparatist, multilingual writer and a mother.

She is currently based in London.

Her practice addresses the decolonisation of the phenomena of Eurasian transcultural hybridisations that occurred across vast landscapes of time and space from the dominative mediation of the Western conceptual gaze. She was initially trained in the Western tradition of oil painting but diverted from the singular viewpoint of art production towards the complexity of historical ties in the profoundly intercultural context of the continent’s history and present. The broad focus of her research covers interdisciplinary manifestations of cultural dialogue and polyvocal aesthetic conversation — from religion, philosophy, and mythologies to trade, vernacular craftsmanship, and bookmaking. Recently, she has been working on Indian and Persian manuscript traditions and woodblock printing in China and Japan.

The subjects of intersectionality and legacies of imperialism are another significant recurring trope in her practice. She mediates the relationship between personal and collective from her experience as a female subaltern and emerging notions of alternative plateaus of solidarity in the struggle for visibility and just access to shaping the planetary cultural discourse. The ruptures of neoliberal globalisation, cultural hegemony and inter-contextual conflicts reflect the multimedia character of her work, ranging from painting and conceptual installation to filmmaking and writing. As a transdisciplinary inquirer, Han Mengyun challenges the Aristotelian hierarchisation of knowledge, ritual and aesthetics, highlighting the importance of rethinking the conceptual boundaries between known, to be learned and unknowable in the emerging post-Western dominated world. Her work raises the diachronic question of the potentiality of inter-faith, inter-racial and multi-lingual pan-Asianiasm.

Han Mengyun received BA in Studio Art from Bard College and has pursued the study of Sanskrit at various institutions such as Kyoto University before she completed her MFA at the University of Oxford with a research focus on Classical Indology and Indian aesthetic theories.

For all inquiries, please contact: hanmengyunstudio@gmail.com


韩梦云(1989年生于武汉)是一位目前常驻于伦敦的视觉艺术家、比较文化学者, 多语写作者以及一位母亲。



韩梦云于巴德学院(Bard College)获得艺术学士学位,并于京都大学(Kyoto University)等多所机构从事梵文研究,后于牛津大学取得艺术硕士学位(MFA),主要研究方向为古典印度学和印度美学理论。



| Serenade (forthcoming)

Art Basel Hong Kong

ShanghART Gallery


| Painting Unsettled (forthcoming)

UCCA Edge, Shanghai


| SIGG : Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection (forthcoming)

SONGEUN, Seoul, Korea

March 10th - May 20th, 2023

| Artist Residency at CFCCA (Now ESEA Contemporary)

Manchester, UK


| Night

IS A GALLERY, Shanghai

2022. 07.15-08.13

AORA:VI 'light'


2022.06.30 - 09.24

| The Glass Bead Game 

Art Basel, Basel


ShanghART Gallery

Booth R25

| A Place for Concealment 

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing


| The Pavilion of Three Mirrors

Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2021.12.11 - 2022.3.11

| Online Artist Talk: 

"The Dwelling place of the Other in Me" x Han Mengyun & Young Girl Reading Group (Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė)

Power Station of Art, Shanghai 

Supported by Pro Helvetia 

Artist Talk at the Open Practice Committee 
Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago