As a photographer MM Yu compulsively documents the urban and everyday environment, creating a multifaceted archive of visually compelling, enchanting and disturbing images of and around Manila. By re-presenting and re-framing the forgotten, rejected and overlooked she reveals quiet moments of aversion and affection, beauty and banality. Her paintings focus on the visceral quality of the medium through repetitive use of color and movement.
Yu obtained her Bachelors of Fine Art, majoring in painting, from the University of Philippines. She has had numerous solo shows, recently including Left of Here, West Gallery, Manila, 2013; Inventory, Silverlens, 2012; Galerie Zimmerman Kratochwill, Austria, 2011; If You Could Hear a Pin Drop, West Gallery, Manila, 2010; Waste Not, Want Not, Finale Art Gallery, Manila, 2010; Either/Or, Finale Art File, Manila, 2009; Subject Object, Mag:net, Katipunan, Manila, 2009 and Rescind, West Gallery, Manila, 2008. She has participated in group shows including, Manila Vice –Miam, Sete, 2013 Bastards of Misrepresentation, Queens Museum, New York, 2012; Grid Bi-Annual International Photography Festival, 2012 The Chongqing Youth Biennale, China, 2011; Serial Killers/Welcome to the Club, Taksu, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, 2011; Salvation in a Nest of Vipers, Lost Projects y3k Gallery, Melbourne,Australia, 2011; Bastards of Misrepresentation- Doing Time on Filipino Time, Freies Museum, Berlin, 2010, The Inversion of the Ideal, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, Austria, 2010; Beyond Frame, UTS Gallery, Sydney Australia, 2008 and Manila Envelope, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007. Distinctions and residencies include Cite International des Arts-Paris residency(2013),Sovereign Asian Art Prize-Finalist(2010) Thirteen Artists Award,Cultural Center of the Philippines(2009)Ateneo Art Awards –Common Room Bandung Residency Grant (2007) and Big Sky Mind residency(2003) . She currently lives and works in Manila.