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Yunqi Zhang

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Published: 10.09.2019

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The value of jewellery is given by people and is determined by social, cultural and political values. The recent work “Memorial” is for memorising the personal loss, the invisible emotional connection between family is the preciousness Yunqi was looking for.
 
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Yunqi Zhang. Installation: Belief, 2019. Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 1: Burning

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 2: DVD.

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 3: Printing.

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 4: Smoking.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Individual view, when the box is opened.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Individual view, when the box is opened.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Individual view, when the box is closed.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Individual view, when the box is closed.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Detail view of one box, a poem is printed on the inner side of the box.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Detail view of one box, a poem is printed on the inner side of the box.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.. 3 x 3 x 3 cm. From series: Memorial. Jewel box.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.
3 x 3 x 3 cm
From series: Memorial
Jewel box.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Disremember, 2019. Ice, ashes.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Disremember, 2019. Ice, ashes.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Detail view.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Detail view.

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Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Disremember. Ice installation, performance Death is cold, But it is not.
This video is about the installation work Disremember.

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Intro
Born in China, Yunqi Zhang completed BA at Central Academy of Fine Arts with 3rd prize and came to Royal college of art in 2017. Questioning the material value, seeking the preciousness is always her core topic of creation. Through the 2 years in London, she attended a lot of exhibitions and been selected to the jewellery finalist of International Talent Support 2019. The current work “Memorial” is for memorising the personal loss. For her, the invisible emotional connection between family is the preciousness she was looking for. Death is cold, but it is not. We can’t stop forgetting, but the memorial we do keeps death from being cold. Death is beautiful at that moment.
When people think of the identity of jewellery, precious gemstones and metal come to mind. Because people have an indelible impression that jewellery is valuable. However, the value of jewellery is given by people and is determined by social, cultural and political values. We found material from nature and gave them stories and meanings then formed the identity of preciousness. Now Jewellery consumption is more about the values of modern society which is a serious question we need to think deeper. What is valuable for us?


We present 8 series of work by Yuqi Zhang: They are:
Series 1: Memorial
Series 2: Love Piece
Series 3: Cure
Series 4: First Time Wearing a Ring
Series 5: ​My Little World
Series 6: My Heart is Growing Thorn
Series 7: Sexy Mushroom
Series 8: Box


Series 1: Memorial
Date: June, 2018 - June, 2019

For my grandpa,
Preciousness.
06.06.2018 is my 24th birthday. On that day, I was having a birthday party with my friends in London. But at the same time in China, My parents were in the hospital waiting for the doctor to save my grandparents’ life.
A gas leak happened on that day at my grandparents’ house. My grandma was saved but my grandpa left forever. Everyone in my family has concealed this news for 2 months only for not to make me feel worried. When I went back to China in August, I missed everything. When I recall the “Happy Birthday” they said to me, the feeling is unspeakable.
I realised that my family, the emotional connection is the real preciousness I was looking for. This invisible connection has a temperature. It is stronger than anything. It is more valuable than the “precious” stones.
I am not sad anymore. But I want to do something for him to make up this big loss. So I made this collection to memorise my grandpa.

Belief./ Documenting.
In China, we burn paper goods (everything made from paper) to the dead such as paper money, paper car and paper house, etc. We believe that our loss is having the same life as us but in another world. They will receive the things we burned and have a good life there.
I print my grandparents’ marriage photo on the paper money and burn it to my grandpa. They never leave each other when he is alive. So I burn my own paper to accompany him.
The process of me making the whole collection is also the ceremony of me memorising my grandpa. So I record the process and choose 4 parts which are meaningful to show as part of my works.

Memory container./ Photo print on brass, red thread, gold ring.
Box is different from other containers. Because it is closed. People put their valuable things or secrets inside.
For me, photos are the carrier of memory. These old photos can even bring me back to the time I wasn’t born. I print them on brass and sew them together to become a box which inside is my precious memory. It can also be opened as a cube expansion diagram. Then it will become an album to retrospect the memory.
Material transition happened.
Paper — (burning) — air — (smoking) — Poem on the photo.
Sending wishes.

Disremember./ Ice installation, performance Death is cold, But it is not.
I went to cemeteries,
I heard the wind breezing and birds singing.
I saw people wiping the stones, putting flowers, sitting there in silence.
It is peaceful and emotional.
I saw a pile of abandoned gravestones looking like a mountain.
I realised that we will finally forget but we still keep remembering.
I put the dust photo inside ice urn and let it melt. With time goes by, the photo will melt with ice which is like my memory is getting blurry. Then I use the melted water to write a poem. It is another ceremony to send my wishes. We can’t stop forgetting, but the memorial we do keeps death from being cold. Death is beautiful at that moment.
Material transition.
Ice — (melting) — water — (writing) — Poem on the paper.
Sending wishes.



Series 2 - Series 7 will be shown in the following months, stay tuned.

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2019:
Exhibition  02 Aug 2019 - 04 Aug 2019  Funeral and Nostalgia.
Exhibition  08 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019  Material Statements.
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