Chen Ziyao

NYC-based artist and curator

Co-founder of :iidrr 








Annie Chen Ziyao is a multumedia artist based in New York. She is also the co-founder of :iidrr Gallery located in the LES of Manhatton. Chen received her B.A. in Art & Art History and Business from St.Lawrence University in 2018 and an MFA in Photo, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2021. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally, which includes New York, Miami, Chicago, Rome, London, Beijing, and Slovenia. 

Chen's works always focus on the relationship between humans and the social environment in this era of unpredictable technological complexity and advancement. The internet is the foundation of Chen's work, which she employs to offer satirical perspectives on social, cultural, and political issues. Her work challenges and redefines the relationship among humans, technology, and nature, advocating for a techno-human lifestyle. The range of mediums she uses to express her concept includes photography, video, performance, and interactive technology. By using various mediums, she desires to create an artificial playground with humor and charm to replace the existing regulation.



Cement, Tail of a Gecko, Temple Gallery & Tutu Gallery,  New York

Transcending the Ideal, Pfizer Building, Curated by Virginia Ingram, New York

Very Naughty Super Trashy, Tutu Gallery, New York 


Untitled Art Fair, Miami, Florida

Invisible Shadow, Three Shadow Photography Art Center, Beijing, China

Age of the Bimbo, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Auto Focus. A Portrait of the Self Exhibition, MILLEPIANI, Rome, Italy

Dare to, LATITUDE Gallery & Asian Creative Foundation, New York, NY

Island of Light, NYUcssa, New York, NY

Emerging Artists Exhibition, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD

Failings, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA

NOW + Here, The EVAC, New York

Splinters in the ongoing normal, Project Gallery V, Brooklyn, NY


BODY ECSTATIC BODY ECLECTIC BODY ECCENTRIC: Young film/video artists screening, ULAY Foundation, Ljubljana, Slovenia

POROUS MODES, Field Project, NY

Your Milieu, Arthill Gallery, London

Women’s Work Group Show, Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana

Photoville Festival, New York

SVA Alumni Film & Animation Festival, Best of 2020 & 2021 Screening, New York


Where’s the remote, sit still projects, New York


Children of Entertainment, PIL, Beijing


2021    Honorable Mention, Tripvill International Film Festival

2021    SVA Alumni Film Festival Best of 2021

2019 - 2021 Alice Beck-Odette Scholarhips

Publication & Press

2022   Hudson Weekly LINK

2022    Madison Graph LINK

2021    SVA ContinuEd Project Space LINK

2021    SIA School of International Art LINK

2021    :IIDRR Creative Platform LINK

2020   Sangluo Fashion Brand, casting in their short film project  LINK