Working and living in London, Lidan Yang’s practice deal with intimacy as a form of experience that consolidates our sense of being. Working primarily with images, Yang extends her practice into the realm of sculpture, installation, moving image and sound.
Her research delves into the tenderness and discomfort that resides in the everyday; in what is lost, in lust, in love and in othering. By looking at how we as humans deals with intricate feelings and traumas day in and day out, Yang produces works of autobiographical nature, exploring how language and miscommunication shape our intimacy. Her practise also lies within a digital discourse that reflects upon how modern intimacy detaches from the idea of desire and are made products of contemporary capitalistic system. In her work, she discusses capitalisation of human interaction in relation to technologies and the emergence of artificial intelligence.
Yang’s practice is also underpinned by post-colonial xenofeminist and queer theory. She navigates her identity within the language of materiality in the work in the hope of pushing through the experience as a private notion into a wider public context.