Guanyu Xu (born 1993, Beijing, China; lives Chicago) is an artist who’s many accolades include the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship, Lenscratch Student Prize, Foam Talent, Lensculture Emerging Talent Award and Kodak Film Photo Award. In 2019, he was runner-up in the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. His works have been exhibited and screened nationally at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; EXPO Chicago; Aperture Foundation and International Center of Photography, both NY; as well as internationally at the 36th Kasseler Dokfest, Germany; Athens Photo Festival, Greece; and Format Photo Festival, United Kingdom. Xu’s works have been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, W Magazine, Aint-Bad Magazine, Musée Magazine, Der Greif and China Photographic Publishing House.
Statement from the Artist:
Influenced by American visual culture and a conservative familial upbringing in China, my practice extends from examining the production of power in photography to the question of personal freedom and its relationship to political regimes. I negotiate this from my perspective as a Chinese gay man. In my work, I migrate between mediums like photography, new media, and installation – mirroring my displaced and fractured identity.