Alejandro Junyao Zhang is a Chinese interdisciplinary artist who builds relationships between performance, 3D animation, experimental video, and electronic music. 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. His works hone in on the meaning of public space for Chinese queer people and how dance parties can shelter their queer identities from the Confucianism tradition value that less supports non-mainstream ideologies and non-heterosexuality.
In 2021, Zhang will work with Simone Forti, the American Italian postmodern artist, reperforming her piece “Cloths” (1967) at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions physically and virtually in Minneapolis, Shanghai, Lima, and Yulin. After graduation from Shanghai Ocean University with a double degree of Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Management, now Zhang is pursuing an MFA in Visual Studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and will graduate in May 2021.