Yarli Allison, Leti Leti, 2021
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 Yarli’s experiences of displacements, they compose ‘what-ifs’ fictitious scenarios as methodological playgrounds that explores “how humans/things live” in utopia/dystopia systems.
These speculative worlds seem hopeful and functional, yet are on the verge of falling apart: either lurking with mythological creatures or personas striving to survive in absurd conditions, or consisting of Yarli’s invented coping mechanisms that futilely heal collective grief.
Current themes of digital humanities, border systems, datafication are explored, along with skinships and affect, powered by thought processes such as queering history, belonging remapping, cognitive restructuring and emotional geography studies.
Yarli’s recent virtual reality generated work(s), with elements of ‘digital gamification’, references an early age period of Yarli’s refuge-seeking in cyberspaces, where the familiar space is “much stabler” than their “tangible diasporic life”.
Heavily influenced by their own perpetual cross-border home-movings, the use of Yarlil’s CGI elements poses questions on their art objects/sculptures’ physicality (gravity), mobility, translation (3D scan), and preservation (e.g. texture) in the arrival of posthuman, dematerialised conditions at our time.
Despite this, Yarli constantly returns to their sculpture-installation background, leaving strong raw-handcrafted traces in the work that emphasise accidents caused by human errors in the making.
Yarli Allison (she/they) - a Canadian-born, Hong Kongese art-worker based in the UK/Paris with an interdisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, installation, CGI (VR/AR/3D modeling/game), moving-images, drawings, poetry, tattooing, and performances.
Graduated in 2017 with an MFA first-class honour in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art , University College London (UK), Yarli was granted the entry award of the year’s Yitzhak Danziger scholarship.
Yarli’s recent works (2021-22) were exhibited at Tai Kwun Contemporary, (HK), LINZ FMR (Austria), FACT (Liverpool), Barbican Centre (London), Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA (London), V&A Museum (London).
Recent grants include Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant, and Canadian Council for the Arts Travel Grant.
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 in central London with 42 emerging international artists.
Their directed queer-porn Elephant the Allison (2018) explores obsessions, imagined identity formation, and digital dating experiences as queer ESEA folks in the “West”, which has screened internationally across multiple Queer Film Festivals (2018-2022).
Yarli’s work was reviewed by Deborah Levy in Ivan Juritz Prize (2017), and featured in The Guardian, Evening Standard, and beyond (2022). They were invited as a guest speaker of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London (2022), Academic of Visual Arts, HKBU and The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster (2018).
They are a working member of Asia-Art-Activism and Asia Forum with different capacities.
// 簡 曆 //