Alejandro (Junyao) Zhang
Alejandro Junyao Zhang is a Chinese interdisciplinary artist who builds relationships between performance, 3D animation, experimental video, and electronic music, currently living in Minneapolis. He is highly influenced by Shanghai’s underground electronic music culture and clubs and the queer communities that participate in these spaces, and the localization and decolonization of the westernized definition of queer in Chinese club scenes. Through post-club aesthetics, his works present the duality of visibility of the Chinese queer identity in the clubs and the simulation of physical and virtual spaces for the Chinese queer community.
With an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and double degrees of BBS and BMS from Shanghai Ocean University, Zhang’s works have exhibited internationally, including Mana Contemporary in Chicago, Satellite Art Club in New York, Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Public Art Project in Minneapolis, Light Spa in St.Paul, Save Art Space Public Art Project in Milwaukee, Escape 010101 in Lima, Leokino Theatre in Innsbruck in Austria, Audio Shoot International Music Video & Film Festival in Wexford, Leinster, Ireland, WetDoveTail based in North England, Cultural Center of SHOU in Shanghai, Yulin Normal University in Yulin, and virtual DJ performances for Club Carry in New York, Ego Club in México. In 2021, Zhang is selected for the performance project, “The Paradox of Stillness” at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, working with Simone Forti and her assistant Emily Mast to reperform her piece “Cloths” (1967). Zhang’s writing about the influence of Post Club aesthetics on the Chinese queer community will be included in the “AMPLIFIER” journal, digitally published in 2021 by OCT Contemporary Art Terminal based in Shanghai.