Jian Yi

Jian Yi is a multidisciplinary artist based in Glasgow working in performance art, contemporary dance and new genres. Their practice is rooted in an ongoing enquiry into the ambiguities of emotional experience. They seek to explore the experiential trauma of marginalised persons within our society, such as neurodiverse and queer people of colour, and how we reflect on the broader human condition.

They have exhibited/performed their work in major institutions internationally such as the New Museum, the Kitchen NYC, Dance Base Edinburgh, Tramway, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Federation Square Melbourne among others. Their performance 'Weathervanes' premiered at Dance Base Edinburgh and at Tramway's Dance International Glasgow and DanceLive Aberdeen in 2021. That year they also curated the first iteration of the Journey to the East festival, a multi-day artist-led performance art festival focusing on experimental approaches to live art and committed to amplifying the voices of Queer and PoC artists working from non-Western/Eurocentric traditions.

They are currently remounting 'Weathervanes' for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Summerhall for the Made in Scotland showcase, and they were selected for the renowned funded residency programme at Cove Park. They have also completed residencies/previous engagements with Dance4, Take Me Somewhere Festival, Live Art Development Agency London, and Theatretreffen Berlin among others.