Yuan Chongyin

A Shanghai-born and raised artist, Yuan Chongyin, offers a fantastic narration to express his mixed feelings about the changes in the city. The idea to create the series Inside Out was inspired by the destruction of the Lilongs of Shanghai. “I was born and raised in Shanghai with this transformation; I am a part of the city and the city is a part of me. As an artist, I paint to ask myself : what is a city ? what is my relation with Shanghai ?” The series of “Inside Out” expresses the conflicting emotions of mine, trying to unveil the colorful world beyond the walls, under the towers, between the fogs… For me, Shanghai has always been in transformation playing with modernization, tradition, and internationalization. This dynamic is for me and my work : absolute Shanghai”

As it is an iconic part of Shanghai’s identity, the lilong buildings are the main subject of Inside Out. The fact that they have similar outside appearance but very different internal structures fascinate the artist. “As soon as a destruction site starts, the internal side of the walls are appearing on the street, like a cake being cut, revealing what were intimate spaces to people. An inside world full of secret stories is exposed.”

Yuan Chongyin is presently, for 6 months from February till August 2018, a resident artist of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai.

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The statements.

Expressed opinions.

A temporary image of the city
Other than the cake being sliced, Yuan Chongyn also makes another interesting comparison: the uneven floors and rooms of the Lilong, with the different colors, revealed during the destruction phase, also remind him of the work of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Colors, as a matter of fact, are an important aspect of “Inside Out”. They were pretty much the same inside the Lilong structures: white, light blue and green, sand and marron. For Yuan Chongyin, these colors exemplify the cultural phenomenon, economical and industry situations at that period of time in Shanghai. And today these colors are telling the story of the city by being temporarily “exhibited” on the street, and become a symbolic image of the city.
Tomas Pinheiro