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Press release

Make Room is pleased to present the first Los Angeles solo exhibition of John Yuyi (b. 1991, Taiwan), organized by Emilia Yin. The exhibition will run from March 24 through April 22, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 24, from 6 to 9 pm.


Titled My (Temporary) Self, the exhibition shows John Yuyi’s recent body of work that plays with the idea of the ephemerality of fame in the information age. The irreverent, millennial-speak depictions of the female body and her aptitude for collecting, wielding, and reflecting on social media influence are recurring in her practice. She uses temporary tattoos to generate visual manifestos, while the body becomes a performative screen to present them. In addition, Yuyi exploits the iconography of mass media by utilizing her own body to project the images upon, which also reflect the self and the economics of identity. To Yuyi, regardless of fame, pain, or pleasure, it is just a temporary phase in her life. The different persona that she holds in these works are “just her temporary self".


John Yuyi (b. 1991, Taipei) lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Shih Chien University in 2013. Yuyi’s work has been exhibited both in the US and internationally, including in The Art Vacancy, New York (2018); Museum of Sex, New York (2018); More Than A Gallery, Paris (2016); Off Topic, Taipei (2016), Watermark, Los Angeles (2016), and in Sydney. Furthermore, Yuyi worked on international projects with Gucci and Chanel, among other brands, and has been profiled by i-D, Office, NYLON, Dazed, Bullett, the BBC, and The New York Times.