Yarli Allison

Playing with docu-fiction, sculpture, and personas, Yarli Allison explores ways to survive uncertainties, based on experiences like post-colonial, queer sexuality, and our datafied bodies.

Yarli Allison is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing, and installation. 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. By exploring processes such as ‘belonging remapping’, she plays with the sense of futility and the uncertain future of ‘what if’. Her recent research focuses on themes of border systems, datafication, and diasporas identities.

Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. Her works have exhibited and screened internationally including State Hermitage Museum’s Young Artists Program, St. Petersburg (2014), 30 Under 30, Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2014), TAF_The Art Foundation, Athens (2018), Videotage Gallery, Hong Kong (2020), Queer and porn film festivals of Berlin, London, Vienna, Hong Kong (2018-2020), and Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA, London (2021). Recent/upcoming grants and residencies include Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant (2020), CFCCA Manchester research grant with FACT Liverpool, UK, working with curator Annie Jael Kwan (2021). Yarli Allison is a member of Asia-Art-Activism.

Available Videos to watch
Yarli Allison
In Virtual Return You (can’t) Dehaunt 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂(不)散 / 24:18 / 2020 ▶
Yarli Allison
Sea Chicken – A short memoir on “Immigration Tide” / 02:32 / 2017 ▶
Yarli Allison
Wrestling Blues 藍調摔角場 / 06:06 / 2019 ▶
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