Yao Qingmei at the First Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” Programme Nomination Exhibition

Exhibition dates: 31 August - 15 September 2017

On May 25th, the first Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” programme, jointly hosted by Porsche and the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, was officially launched. Based on professional selection criteria specified by high-ranking art institutions and academies in China, along with famous artists, curators as well as media, this programme aims to find and support the most innovative and pioneering new young artists in China, and encourage them to advance in the exploration and practice of their art, by studying topics that mainly relate to contemporary art and young artists.

In this era of information explosion, the rising influence of western contemporary art on Chinese contemporary art, and challenges in marketing art and artistic creations, a few young Chinese artists are brave enough to go beyond existing rules, creatively expand art territories, and construct new art forms. Ms. Yu Miao, one of the nomination committee members, said, “Good artists are able to express information obtained from the world in their own artistic language and communicate the feeling in their hearts.” In addition, they also express their understanding of the world through their artistic creations, and convey their critical thoughts on historical, cultural and social topics.

The Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” is a professional platform for pioneering artists who are bold rule breakers, challenge takers and independent thinkers. The nomination committee for the award comprises artists, curators and critics, including Professor Qiu Zhijie (Dean of School of Experimental Art, China Central Academy of Fine Arts); art historian and critic Ms. Yu Miao; artist Mr. Zhang Enli; artist and curator Mr. Xu Zhen; and art collector Ms. He Chaoying. These senior professionals are high achievers in their fields, with rich experience and valuable insight into contemporary art.

Regarding artistic creation, Mr. Zhang Enli said, “Great art originates from the heart's desire.” According to Professor Qiu, “Artistic creation is a natural process, and is the accumulation of days of knowledge and experience. It is like learning how to drive. First you have to do it right, and then you should find your own way of driving.” Speaking of artistic innovation, Professor Qiu added, “I hope that through the Porsche ‘Young Chinese Artist of the Year’, we find more artists with the zeal to experiment and the willingness to cross artistic boundaries.” In addition, Mr. Xu Zhen encourages young artists to break free from the existing shackles of rules and boldly go forth and explore. He said, “Young artists should fear nothing. Fearlessness helps you move ahead."


The entire programme mainly comprises three parts – nominating the artists, exhibiting works of the nominees and exhibiting works of the winners. In the initial stage, the five members of nomination committee will recommend no more than 5 young artists. One candidate from each of the three institutes, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, will be recommended for the award, presenting a great opportunity to current students with promising potential. Following that, a group exhibition will be held for all candidates, during which, the jury, comprising the nominating committee, representatives of the three institutes and six media organisations, will select 3 young Chinese artists as winners based on a variety of criteria, such as idea, and originality in form and thinking. Besides a bonus award, the three winners will also get an opportunity to exhibit their best artworks.

Cultivating and supporting young artists is one of the core practices of the Porsche "Empowering the Future" Corporate Social Responsibility programme. From 2010 to 2016, Porsche China cooperated with the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute to hold the Porsche “Empowering the Future” Art Contests, giving young Chinese artists an opportunity to exhibit their artworks to the general public. For over seven years, the “Empowering the Future” Art Contest has helped numerous talented art students in the initial stages of their artistic pursuit, and has also strengthened Porsche China’s belief and determination to keep moving ahead in the cultivation of young Chinese artists.

“With its future-oriented sustainable development strategy, Porsche China not only seeks today’s success, it also aims for future development,” said Mr. Franz Jung, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche China. “For years, we have been committed to the growth and development of young art talents in China, and our efforts are paying off continuously. With the first Porsche ‘Young Chinese Artist of the Year’, Porsche China has taken an important step towards offering long-term support to young Chinese artists. I sincerely hope that it becomes a platform for these artists to exchange and showcase their talents.”

Creating, innovating, constructing and making breakthroughs are the privileges of being a young Chinese contemporary artist. The Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” will carry on this concept by facilitating the knowledge exchange and diversity integration of multiple art forms between young artists from different fields. In addition, this programme will continue to provide new perspectives and practices for current changes and the future development of Chinese contemporary art.

About Yao Qingmei

Yao Qingmei (b.1983, Zhejiang) currently lives and works in Paris. She achieved DNSEP with honors from Villa Arson, Nice, France in 2013, and was awarded Prix spécial du jury at the 59th Salon de Montrouge the next year. Yao often uses an interventionist approach to re-imagine and perturb the parameters of reality to yield new possibilities. Layering absurdist gesture with poetic action, a particular emphasis is placed on how symbolic gestures gain or lose power through acts of displacement and appropriation. Her theatrical performances and interventions find form in areas overlapping burlesque techniques of parody, which combine with framing devices influenced by theatre sets and costume, pedagogical lectures, political satire and modern dance choreography.