Rae-Yen Song 'Song Dynasty II' (2018)


Rae-Yen Song

Rae-Yen Song (b.1993 in Edinburgh) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.  Song explores self-mythologising as a survival tactic: using fantasy and fabulation to create a personal cultural language informed by autobiography, family stories and memories of growing up in a Chinese household in Edinburgh. Song adopts this language as a tool for self-definition and identification, using it to form narratives that speak broadly and politically about race, gender, culture, identity and what it means to belong - or not. Song’s work often involves the use of drawing, sculpture, costume, props, video, family collaboration and performative actions in public.  

Exhibitions and residencies include: Talbot Rice Residents, University of Edinburgh, SCT (2019-21); Summer Residency, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, SCT (2019); Survey, Jerwood Arts, London, ENG (2018) (touring 2019: G39, Cardiff, WAL; Bluecoat, Liverpool, ENG; BALTIC, Gateshead, ENG); Platform, City Art Centre, Edinburgh Art Festival, SCT (2018); Le Colt est Jeune & Haine, DOC, Paris, FRA (2018); Human Rights Art Festival, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, LKA. Song has also founded Song's House of Fancy and co-founded the collaborative projects Jarsdell Solutions Ltd and YAKA Collective.  

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