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BIO


Han Mengyun (b.1989, Wuhan China) is a multimedia artist and bilingual writer currently based in London.


Initially trained in the tradition of Western oil painting, she sought alterity in the histories of Chinese, Indian and Islamic art, via a long-term dedicated study of their respective yet interconnected religious, cultural and linguistic discourses. Her work manifests a high degree of transculturalism, the process of becoming which led to her critical reflection on the conflicts and possible communication between differing cultural and aesthetic perceptions in an ever more globalized world. In her wishful thinking, an aesthetic conflict demands an aesthetic resolution. And in finding that resolution through her art practice, she seeks to establish a wholeness of the self that has been fragmented by modernity, globalization, postcoloniality and diaspora. The diverse materiality and media employed in her work, such as craft and architectural structures, embodies a wide range of her interests in global art history and visual cultures, as well as their inseparable and inter-contextual relationship. In trying to achieve an organic hybridization of disparities, or to offer coexistence through spatial constellation as shelter, Han Mengyun mediates the fissure between the self and the other, tradition and innovation, the hegemon and the subaltern, the spiritual and the mundane, universal suffering and contingent emancipation.


Han Mengyun received her B. A in Studio Art from Bard College in the US in 2012 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 in 2018. The focus of her research is on the art of the book across cultures, i.e. Indian and Persian manuscripts and woodblock printed books in China and Japan etc.


Profile on Ocula here

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


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NEWS


| Serenade (forthcoming)

Art Basel Hong Kong

ShanghART Gallery

2023.03.23-25

| Painting Unsettled (forthcoming)

UCCA Edge, Shanghai

2023.03.10

|Uli Sigg Collection(forthcoming)

SongEun, Seoul, Korea

2023.03.10

| Artist Residency at CFCCA (Now ESEA Contemporary)

Manchester, UK

2022.09.05-09.23


| Night

IS A GALLERY, Shanghai

2022. 07.15-08.13


AORA:VI 'light'

AORA SPACE

2022.06.30 - 09.24


| The Glass Bead Game 

Art Basel, Basel

2022.06.16-19

ShanghART Gallery

Booth R25


| A Place for Concealment 

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing

2022.05.27-08.07

| 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

2022.01.24

*Recording