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Yi Zhou is a young Chinese artist, who has lived in Rome from the age of ten and studied between London and Paris with a degree in Political Science and Economics. She creates large multimedia installation artworks that blend film, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and contemporary music composition. Her works explore the realm of hyper-realism and Pasolinian neo-realism: on one hand, she renders visual and tangible forms from the imagination and dreams, while on the other hand, she gives a surreal aspect to nature itself. Her work is a complex synthesis of imagination, literature, mythology, philosophy and new technology and is impregnated with Chinese and Mediterranean culture. Her works introduce the disturbing magic of both virtual and supernatural characters and landscapes as well as the ephemeral reality of life, love, and death while using the symbolic language of the unconscious. Blending ancient expressive methods, such as sculpture in marble, 35mm films, together with extremely technologically advanced ones, such as 3D-animation, Yi Zhou presents an anachronistic vision of life represented with irony and wit.

Yi Zhou has held solo exhibitions at the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, and live art performances at Deitch Projects, New York. Recently, Yi Zhou opened a solo exhibition entitled: “Three Cantos, Prefiguration: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso,” at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (in the rooms Studiolo di Francesco I, Cappella di Eleonora di Toledo, and Terrazzo di Saturno) together with a public projection and performance in Piazza della Signoria. For the first time, she has presented one of her latest videos entitled "Avatars" at the Venice International Film Festival in september 2007. In january 2008, her 3d animation video, "Paradise" has been selected in official competition at Sundance film festival.

Yi Zhou is currently preparing a public artwork on place vendome entitled "1280 TOWERS" together with Galerie Jerome de Noirmont and Comite Vendome, opening on april 15th to May 15th 2008. At the same time, she is also preparing a solo a exhibition at the Galerie Jerome de Noirmont in Paris starting from April 10th until end of May 2008. Yi Zhou is currently collaborating to several film and video projects, and lives between paris, hong kong.

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