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 ISSUE 5/ 09.2021

On “The feeling of being on display and under pressure” — a conversation with Man Yau

...Craftsmanship that leaves a polished finishing and evocative historical notions hidden underneath the fine details. Man Yau’s work with ceramic installations arrests the viewer, while encouraging to revisit and contemplate the uncanny contemporaneity that the artworks embody. In this interview, we discuss artistic processes, practices and labour as well as the intertwining of the personal and the thematic in Yau’s two exhibitions from the spring 2021: M.Y. Chinoiserie at Kuvan Kevät, Exhibition Laboratory, and Dried flowers last forever at Boy Konsthall.

Read the interview here.



Man Yau lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Aalto University of Art and Design specialising in ceramics and glass design. Currently, she is finalizing her second Master’s in sculpture at The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts in Helsinki. Yau has been working in several countries and residencies in the past few years, such as Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China and Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Yau has been nominated as “Young Talent of the Year '' by Helsinki Design Awards, and her works have been presented in solo and group shows in Finland and United States among others. Her works have been seen recently at Outo Olo gallery and at Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki.


Co-Founders & Co-Editors of NO NIIN: Elham Rahmati & Vidha Saumya

About NO NIIN publication:

NO NIIN is an independent online monthly magazine at the cusp of art, criticality and love It aims to publish rigorous and engaging writing on current ideas, debates, and disputes around contemporary art and culture. Co-founded and co-edited by Elham Rahmati and Vidha Saumya, it functions as a platform for commissioning writers of any background to express their thoughts in the form of essays, exhibition reviews, interviews, images, poetry, fiction, podcasts, and playlists. Each issue includes texts and multimedia content commissioned directly by the editors, as well as pieces originating from pitches submitted through an Open Call.