Y A R L i A L L i S O N
/ 林 雅 莉
/ B.88 Ottawa, Canada / Raised in British colonial Hong Kong
/ Currently based between London, UK and Paris, FR
> * CV / Upcomings Yarli Allison (b.88 Ottawa, Canada) was raised in British colonial Hong Kong.
Building upon her experiences of displacement, Yarli embodies ‘emotional geography’ studies to compose both sculptural and virtual fictitious scenarios that are seemingly hopeful and functional, yet on the verge of falling apart.
Often interacting with personas or creatures, these imagined worlds consist of her invented survival tactics and coping mechanisms. Yarli utilises the process of cognitive restructuring and belonging remapping to play with the sense of futility and the uncertain future of ‘what if’. Themes including border systems, datafication, and function creep are explored, along with skinships, queerness, and sexual objectification.
Yarli’s recent virtual reality generated work, referencing her early age refuge-seeking experiences with ‘digital gamification’ in cyberspace. They pose questions on sculpture’s physicality, mobility, and its preservation in the posthuman and dematerialised conditions to come. Despite this, she constantly returns to her sculpture-installation background, leaving strong raw-handcrafted traces in her work that emphasise accidents caused by human errors in the making.
Work-in-process, a VR sex dungeon, collaborate with Letizia Miro, 2020
Yarli is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based art-worker with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing and installation.
Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA first-class honour in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art , University College London, UK, with the entry award of the year’s Yitzhak Danziger scholarship.
Yarli was selected as one of the Canadian artists to be presented at The State Hermitage Museum's Young Artists Program in St. Petersburg and 30 Under 30 at The Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2014). In 2017, Yarli co-curated a collective digital installation pop-up MEMEMEME in The Crypt Gallery at central London with 42 emerging artists across the world. Her directed film Elephant the Allison (2018) explores obsessions, imagined identity formation and digital dating experience as an queer Asian in the West, which the work was screened internationally in diverse Queer Film Festivals (2018-2021). She has exhibited at TAF_The Art Foundation, Athens (2018) and internationally in Venice, Hong Kong, New York, Madrid, Ireland, Berlin, Poland and Japan.
Yarli’s work was reviewed by Deborah Levy in Ivan Juritz Prize (2017), and featured in Vice and Aesthetica Magazine. In 2018, she was a guest speaker of Academic of Visual Arts, HKBU and The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster. She is a member of Asia-Art-Activism Network.
Her recent/upcoming works are exhibiting at VIDEOTAGE Gallery, HK (NOV 2020), TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY, HK (MAY 2021), LINZ FMR, Austria (JUN 2021), FACT Liverpool (OCT 2021), Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA London (FEB 2022). Recent grants include Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant, and Canadian Council for the Arts Travel Grant.
Upcoming & Past Exhibitions
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