Yi Ten Lai (Bailén 1996)
Yiten Lai’s artistic practice includes very diverse disciplines that go from drawing to performance, going through decollage technique, artist book, ceramics and sound installations. Her work conjugates objectual pieces and performative elements that flirt with the rhetorics of ritual. Delving into the use of sound as a plastic element, her work is a near perfect melding of sight and site–highlighting human presence while making audible the impossibility of non-being.
As a Spanish and Hongkongese descendant, Yi Ten Lai‘s approach to representation, ritual and craft invites the audience to look at the latent desires that still haunts her cultural dichotomy. Her most recent projects reflect on the contrast between essential and performative identity; alterity and belonging.
Yi Ten Lai is an artist and performer based in Berlin. She studied Visual Arts in Valencia and Madrid, and Fine Arts in Berlin under Hito Steyerl. Her work has recently been shown at Open White Gallery, Kunstsaele Berlin and Barananas in Reykjavík (Iceland), and is part of the collection of the municipality of Alcalá de Henares (Spain). In 2017, she was part of the Esther Ferrer performance at the national Museum Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.