Yeni Mao Profile, Brooke Benington 2020.pdf

The sculptural practice of Yeni Mao (b. 1971, Canada) engage in issues of fragmentation, exploring the subjective body and architecture through restraint, domination and absence. Mao works with agency of materials, objects and building systems, emphasizing the tension between both their embedded and given significance. Mao layers his own personal histories over the expansiveness of these concerns.

Yeni Mao has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including “vol. 1: cowboys” at guadalajara90210 and “vol. 2: cabal” at PAOS GDL in Guadalajara, “Regatta” at Munch Gallery and “Dead Reckoning” at Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York, and “Whiskey Papa” at Zidoun-Bossuyt in Luxembourg. Among the many group exhibitions he has participated in are “Otrxs Mundxs“ at Museo Tamayo, “Los juegos del capricornio” at Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo and “Luego, la Forma” at Galería de Arte Mexicano (GAM) in Mexico City; ”Transnational” at Proxyco and “The Waste Land” at Nicelle Beauchene in New York; and The IX Bienal De Artes Visuales Nicaraguenses, in Managua, Nicaragua. Mao has been awarded multiple residencies including Casa Wabi in Mexico, The Lijiang Studio and Red Gate Gallery in China, The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, OAZO-AIR in Amsterdam, and Flash Atöyle in Turkey. His work has been written about in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and the Bangkok Post. In 2021 he will open exhibitions at Fierman Gallery in New York and Brooke Benington in London. Yeni Mao lives and works in Mexico City and New York.


The fractured methodology of assemblage and collage relates to our own political, national, and spiritual formations. They are narratives built by interior systems. There is a magic in that, a divination. That this collection of gestures is a talisman, assembled from diverse sources, defining a condition. Transformation as a state of being.




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