Yujie Zhou (b. 1997, Chengdu, China) is a visual artist working with expanded photography, textile works, moving images, installation, and publishing. Through performativity and a decoded notion of language, her practice seeks to interrogate dominant historical narratives and power structures while reframing collective individuality.

Zhou is based in Helsinki, Finland, where she completed her Master’s degree in Arts with a major in Photography and a minor in Textiles-Materials and Structures at Aalto University in 2023. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Photographic Centre Peri, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte(Finland), BFoto Festival (Spain), FORMAT Photography Festival (UK), and alpha nova & galerie futura (Germany) as part of Berlin Art Week 2023.

Solo Exhibitions

2023 QWERTY, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
2023 Four Women, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland
2022 Four Women, BFoto Festival, Barbastro, Spain

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 I Made You To Find Me, Berlin Art Week, alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin, Germany
2023 MoA in Photography 23, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
2023 Performing the Photobook, FORMAT Photography Festival, Derby Museum, Derby, UK
2022 Booked, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Helsinki, Finland
2022 Wonder(ful), Dipoli Gallery, Espoo, Finland
2022 Daughter of Chaos, Goddess of Night, Mother of all, V1 Gallery, Aalto University, Finland
2021 Growing from Moss, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China

Awards / Fellowships / Residencies

2024 (upcoming) Saari Residency-Kone Foundation, Finland
2024 (upcoming) Serlachius Residency, Finland
2023 Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2023 New Gaze 4,Vontobel Contemporary Photography Sponsorship Prize, Finalist, Zürich, Switzerland
2022 EMERGENTE 2022 Award, BFoto Festival, Spain
2022 The 4th 1839 Photography Prize, Finalist, China
2022 DAMA@Narva Art Residency, Narva, Estonia
2021 Yeshan Art Residency, Fuzhou, China
2021 Aalto University full scholarship


2021-2023 Master of Arts in Photography, minor in Textiles - Materials and Structures
Aalto University, Finland

2015-2019 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (3+1 program)
University of Illinois Chicago, US (one year)
Changchun University of Science and Technology, China (three years)

Working Experience

2023 Producer, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland
2022 Research Assistant, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
2021 Artistic Management, Deji Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2019 Project Assistant, A4 Residency Art Center — A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China