Yan Wang Preston

Yan Wang Preston is an early career, British-Chinese artist interested in how landscape photography can challenge myths and reveal the hidden complexities behind the surface of physical landscapes. Since 2011, She has been developing the long-term project ‘Forest’, which studies the urban forests in China. Meanwhile, she has completed a major project ‘Mother River’, which photographed the entire 6,211km Yangtze River in China with a precise interval of every 100 kilometres.

Preston’s work has won international awards and been shown in prestigious venues. ‘Mother River’ won the Shiseido Photographer Prize at the Three Shadows Photography Annual Award in Beijing, China (2016). It was also nominated for the Prix Pictet Award (2015&2016) and won the Reviewers Choice Award at FORMAT PortfolioReview in Derby, England (2014). In 2016, ‘Mother River’ was shown as part of the Dubai Photo Exhibition. In 2015, it was presented at the 56th Venice Biennale and selected to be part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. Three large-scale solo shows were staged at venues including Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, Wuhan Art Museum and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. In 2013, ‘Forest’ won the third prize of the Curator’s Choice Award at CENTER in Santa Fe, USA and was exhibited there. Meanwhile, the image ‘Forest #6’ was shown as part of the Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 Exhibition and printed as the cover image for its catalogue.

Preston’s work has been published as a monograph catalogue in 2015 for the touring exhibitions in China as well as in many group exhibitions’ catalogues. Important magazine features include China Life Magazine (2016), Chinese Photography (2015) and the Royal Photographic Society’s Journal (2015). Her work is collected by public institutions such as the Wuhan Art Museum in China and by individual collectors around the world.

Previously trained in Clinical Medicine in Shanghai, Preston begun to pursue a career in photography with her immigration to the UK in 2005. She is currently completing a PhD in Photography at Plymouth University.

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