JinJin Xu is a poet and artist based in Shanghai and New York.
Xu’s inter-disciplinary work is birthed from poetry, realizing itself in various forms of docu-poetics: unheard soundscapes, unspoken memories, the taboos in our most intimate relationships, the tensions between mothers/daughters— seeking to hear what lies beneath ordinary reality, creating a poetics of witness through echoes and stutters and dialect.
Her installations, films, and performances have/will be exhibited at Shanghai's How Museum, the 13th Shanghai Biennial, Berlin’s Harun Farocki Institute, and the Immigrant Artist Biennial.
She received her BA from Amherst College and traveled for a year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow recording docu-poems with women dislocated cross nine countries. She received her MFA in Poetry from NYU, where was a Lillian Vernon fellow, and taught hybrid ballet-writing workshops through NYU Tisch's Art of Future Imaginations Grant.
She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and was named 100 Most Influential Chinese in 2023 by Forbes China.