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Elsie Yi Shen

Shen Yi Elsie was born in 1974 in Jiaxing, a small village south east of China. At the age of 17, she left for the United States to study liberal arts at Wesleyan University in Illinois. At Columbia College in Chicago, she furthered her technical knowledge in photography. She took on various odd jobs to support herself while pursued a body of personal work depicting urban American life of the 90s. In 2001, Shen Yi went to France, fascinated by drawings and paintings; she started her frequent attendance to L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. She returned to photography with a fresh vision and sensibility to image and color. Her photography provokes personal memories of the artist as well as the viewer, she explores the limits of real and surreal. In recent years, Shen Yi has dedicated more energy in combining photograhy, video and animation to incorporate strong presence of sound art into her visual work. Shen Yi Elsie now works and lives in Beijing.

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