Su Yang 杨苏 is an artist from Beijing, China and NY, USA. She relocated to Australia in 2015 and is currently based in Melbourne. Yang works across painting, photography, video, and short film. Yang’s current studio projects focus on female beauty and the body from a feminist perspective.
Yang is also a scholar in Chinese feminism and feminist art studies. Her doctoral research project re-theorizes Chinese feminist art through the case studies of Chinese women artists and the new generation of Chinese feminist artists.
Yang holds a Ph.D. in Visual, Asian Cultural, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia, a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the US, and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Tsinghua University in China.
Yang’s short film Beauty won Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)’s Powershorts Short Film Competition and was screened at Exclusive MIFF 2017 Preview Screening and other international film festivals in the USA, India, Canada, Iran, UK, Portugal, Nigeria, Mexico, and Brazil. Yang was a selected artist-in-residence at the prestigious art organizations including Cowwarr Art Space in Australia and Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto.
Yang has had successful solo exhibitions in the US and Australia that have been noted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture’s official website and journal, and have been reviewed extensively in Chinese press including Art China, Arton, China Craft & Art, Sohu News, Tsinghua University, China Writer, Hongkong Phoenix, Art Info, and etc; internationally, including (Nv Voice) Feminist Voice, the University of Melbourne, So Parts in France, Feminist Art Collection in Canada, Women in Art, SUNY Buffalo, and Art Voice in the USA.
Yang has also exhibited her work in group exhibitions internationally including at Trocadero Artspace, Lion Arts Centre, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and George Paton Gallery in Melbourne and South Australia, Toronto Reference Library and OCAD Art Museum in Toronto, Anderson Gallery in the US, Tsinghua University and 798 District in Beijing.
Yang has presented her papers at international feminist art and academic conferences at elite universities and prestigious galleries in Canada and Australia including Feminism Renewal Art Network Symposium at Art Gallery of South Australia, Feminist Art Conference 2016 at Artscape in Canada, the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2017 Conference at University of Western Australia, Issues in Asian Art Research Symposium at University of Melbourne, the Transnational in Asian Art Symposium at Australian National University, the 10th Research Symposium for Chinese Ph.D. Students and Scholars in Australia at Monash University, The 10th International Somatechnics Conference at University of Queensland and Southern Cross University in Australia.
Yang is currently working at the University of Melbourne as a Faculty in Creative Practice. She was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Teaching Assistant at Tsinghua University.