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Yarli Allison

Country: UK/Paris


Yarli is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, digital, performance, film, drawing and installation.

As the third generation of British, Cantonese and Canadian diaspora and born in Canada herself, Yarli was raised in Hong Kong before relocating to Europe. Her frequent relocations and mixed identities have focused her attention to the collective uprootedness and solidarity of migrant demographic groups. In her works, she fabricates imagined worlds that consist of her invented survival tactics and coping mechanisms, often in interaction with personas or creatures.

Yarli’s works have been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions and film festivals. Recent and upcoming shows (2021–2022) include Decriminalized Futures, Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA, London; Queering Now 2021, UK; LINZ FMR21, Austria; Radical Ancestry, FACT Liverpool (curated by Annie Jael Kwan). Yarli Allison is the recipient of the Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant and Canada Council for the Arts Grant (2020).

Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. She is a member of Asia-Art-Activism London Network.