Guanyu Xu, born in 1993 in Beijing, is an artist now living in Chicago. He was the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship (2015) and the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2018). His awards in 2019 include the Foam Talent, Kodak Film Photo Award, Lensculture Emerging Talent Award, Lenscratch Student Prize, as well as Runner-up for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He has exhibited and screened work internationally at the Aperture Foundation (New York City), Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Format Photo Festival (UK), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), ICP Museum (New York City), 36th Kasseler Dokfest (Germany), and the Mint Museum (Charlotte). Public collections holding his work include The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, ArtAsiaPacific, China Photographic Publishing House, Der Greif, Harper’s Magazine, Musée Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and W Magazine.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained our ability to physically host artists in Syracuse, Light Work has responded innovatively to offer continued support in the form of remote residencies. The remote residency experience support artists in developing their artistic practice from their home or designated studio space. In addition to the stipend, artists will benefit from technical, professional, and creative support, as well as the extraordinary freedom to determine their own residency’s shape and timing. Our AIR participants can use their month to pursue their projects: photographing, scanning, printing, editing for book projects, and working closely with our staff for feedback and conversation.