My grandmother is called Yang Guilan,
born in a village surrounded by
mountains of Shandong Province.
She is illiterate but has her selfunderstanding
She experienced foot binding for a
while but finally grew normal feet and
she never walk out of the mountain.
She worked all her life and her small
home is her whole world.
She has no idea about the world outside.
My grandmother, my mother and I have
the same birthday.
I want to take her to see the world outside.
I want to celebrate our birthdays
together with her, I want to listen to her
life and I want to record her journey.
It might be a cruel gift or a sweet bomb.
Maybe there are no answers.
But I still want to know.
XU Yuanyuan, born in Shandong province in 1988,
graduated from German Literature Department of Qingdao
University in 2011 and now lives and works in Shenzhen.
XU Yuanyuan is a curator and creator with a strong
contemporary spirit and crossover mindset. In 2015 she
curated “City Matrix”, the first art exhibition themed on
feminism of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \Architecture
(UABB). In 2016 she was selected for the International
Workshop of Emerging Arts Professionals of Para Site.
In 2018 her performing work “Goddess” was invited to
“Plant Exchange Plan” of Babu Space. She curated first
exhibition of Shen Shaomin Project CHINESE CARP. She
is a promoter of black box, experimental theater and
independent films. Now she is a member of the 2019 UABB
“Ascending City” curatorial team.
Her works include film, video, performance and installation.
She explores the subtle and complicated relationship
between people, between individuals and society. She
especially focuses on the mental feeling of “the onechild
generation” during China’s high-speed urbanization